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Putin Brings Down Tensions; Russians Are Nice

From a eager to believe Associated Press:

Putin brings down Crimea tensions

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and TIM SULLIVAN | March 4, 2014

Although nerves remained on edge in Crimea, with Russian troops firing warning shots to ward off Ukrainian soldiers, global markets catapulted higher on tentative signals that the Kremlin was not seeking to escalate the conflict…

Lounging in an arm-chair before Russian tricolor flags, Putin delivered a characteristic performance filled with earthy language, macho swagger and sarcastic jibes, accusing the West of promoting an "unconstitutional coup" in Ukraine. At one point he compared the U.S. role in Ukraine to an experiment with "lab rats."

But the overall message appeared to be one of de-escalation: "It seems to me (Ukraine) is gradually stabilizing," Putin said. "We have no enemies in Ukraine. Ukraine is a friendly state."

Obama and his minions in the news media are now going to pretend that the Ukrainian crisis is over. And it could well be, since Russia has gotten everything it wanted. It occupies Crimea, and the new leaders of Ukraine are afraid to do anything without Putin’s blessing. Which is the exact situation that prevailed in the ‘satellite countries’ during the worst days of the Soviet Union.

He tempered those comments by warning that Russia was willing to use "all means at our disposal" to protect ethnic Russians in the country

As we have noted, this is the oldest trick in the book. Hitler used the same ploy with his "Heim ins Reich" policy. ("Heim ins Reich" is German for "Home In The Empire.") And it was Hitler’s excuse for the Anschluss of Austria and the annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland in 1938. Hitler said he had to protect the German population in those countries from persecution.

While the threat of military confrontation retreated somewhat Tuesday, both sides ramped up economic feuding in their struggle over Ukraine: Russia hit its nearly broke neighbor with a termination of discounts on natural gas, while the U.S. announced a $1 billion aid package in energy subsidies to Ukraine…

Such willful ignorance. Russia never gave Ukraine any discount on natural gas. In fact, they gouged them unmercifully. (Having doubled the price in 2006.) Putin had merely promised to stop gouging them quite so much if they gave up their plans to join the EU.

And to further convince us there is no cause for alarm, we have this from the Agence France Presse:

Puzzled soldiers struggle to understand Crimea crisis

By Bertrand de Saisset | March 3, 2014

Bakhchisaray (Ukraine) (AFP) - A Russian soldier could not hide his tears as he leant against a tree, just metres from a Ukrainian military base in Crimea that his unit had surrounded. "You have to understand him, he’s ashamed of what’s happening here," said Gulya, the mother of a Ukrainian soldier stationed inside the base in Bakhchisarai.

"It’s terrible that we fight amongst each other," added the middle-aged woman, proudly describing herself as a "citizen of Ukraine." Turning to the crying soldier’s comrades, she pleaded: "We’re not against you, don’t be afraid."

The Black Sea peninsula has come under near complete control from Russian forces and local pro-Moscow militia as Ukraine threatens to sink into its biggest crisis since the Cold War.

But at Bakhchisaray, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of the Crimean capital Simferopol, the mood was relaxed, nonchalant, almost cordial. Two dozen soldiers in camouflage outfits and with Kalashnikovs slung on their shoulders strolled casually about in the street. One played with a dog.

Asked by an AFP journalist if he was Russian, the tearful young blue-eyed soldier nodded timidly…

But there was little of the tension or animosity expected amid the ongoing mud-slinging between Kiev and Moscow, at least on the surface…

Bakhchisaray was just one of several bases on the Crimean peninsula to be surrounded by pro-Russian forces over the weekend. In a sign that some normality remained, curious residents had already gathered near another of the bases on Sunday, with some posing for pictures with the armed men.

You see? The Russian invaders are very kind. They even pet dogs. They will be gentle occupiers. Unless someone doesn’t toe the Putin line.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Putin Brings Down Tensions; Russians Are Nice”

  1. dasher

    So, the Obama Administration’s answer (short term) is to send $1bn to Ukraine so they can pay their power bills to Russia and Putin?

    If this seems correct, then Ukraine is in trouble.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      It’s the same shell-game that our sleepwalking liar-in-chief plays domestically, with much higher stakes.

      A variation, if you will, of “reward your friends and punish your enemies”.

      The payoff for Putin is a cool Bill(ion). Thus, validating captain mom-jeans endorsement of Putin’s actions, while out the other side of his face, he’s spouting his “presidentin’ stuff” to us rubes who only watch CNN and MESSNBC.

      Nothing new here. Says one thing, does the opposite.

      Learned it as a child and got away with it for so long it is now cemented into his personality.




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