German expert on Eastern Europe is raising strong criticism of Berlin’s policy toward coverage of Ukraine.

BBC Report, over the nazi killer swadrons of Frank-Walter Steinmeier und Vidtory Nuland in Kiew, with guns baseballs

2014/03/12 – Cold War Images

BERLIN/KIEV (Own report) – An German expert on Eastern Europe is
raising strong criticism of Berlin’s policy toward and German media
coverage of Ukraine. Berlin and the EU have been systematically
ignoring Russian cooperation proposals for years and massively
provoking Moscow, observes Stefan Meister, a specialist on Russia at
the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Therefore, they are
„to a large extent responsible“ for the current crisis escalation. The
conflict between the West and Russia has been generally viewed „too
one-sided.“ „We are using (…) cold war images.“ While politics and
media are preparing public opinion for further escalation, initial
evidence of plans to destabilize the Crimea are coming to light, in
case the peninsula’s population votes in favor of joining Russia in
Sunday’s referendum. Militant Ukrainian fascists, for example, who
have announced that they would „defend the fatherland to the end,“
have already begun their mobilization. Some of them had fought against
the Russian military in Chechen militias. In addition, it is being
claimed that Moscow may have to contend with attacks from Crimean
Tatar Salafist Muslims. Some of these Salafists have gained combat
experience in the Syrian War.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

If Putin is new Hitler, then monkey became of the man? – Kusturica

 

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Director Emir Kusturica criticized the statement of Hilary Clinton, who compared Russian President Vladimir Putin with Hitler over the intervention in Ukraine, saying that this is not an insignificant thing, “Blic” reported.

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“To call Putin a fascist because of the intervention in Ukraine, and at the same time being one of the creator of wars in Iraq, Kosovo and Metohija, Afghanistan, Libya, Ossetia, is not a trivial thing,” said Kusturica in an author article in “Politika”.
He noted that Putin just his moves everywhere with the fear of his people from “bandera faction”, heirs of Ukraine fascists, “the contractors of the Second Ukranian Revolution”.
Kusturica reminded that Americans did not free Europe from fascism and that 20 million Russians were killed in the fight against Hitler.
“It does not matter that those you accuse have lost 20 million people in the fight against Hitler. Then you just call the inheritor of that tradition Hitler, and amnesty the actual fascist from the guilt. The truth is not cool, but what are we going to do, and if we agree to it, how we will react if soon a thesis comes up, let’s say, that monkey became of the man. The way things are now, that happening is not impossible,” said Kusturica.

5 very important answers to 5 very important answers

Published time: March 13, 2014 20:14

Kiev, Independence Square February 19, 2014 (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Kiev, Independence Square February 19, 2014 (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Last week RT sought answers to some key questions on Ukraine. Among those who responded was Simon Smith, UK’s Ambassador to Ukraine, on a Foreign and Commonwealth Office blog.
RT welcomes the Ambassador, who coincidentally began tweeting on Nov 25th, to the conversation. Unfortunately his contribution is characterized by denial, not engagement. Have a look.
RT: Why did the opposition oust Yanukovich after he conceded to their demands?
Ambassador Smith: They didn’t. Yanukovich fled Ukraine before fulfilling his commitments under the 21 February agreement. [Spelling and punctuation preserved – RT]
Actually, no. After the ill-fated 21st Feb. deal was signed, the three opposition leaders went to Maidan to sell it. Not everyone was happy.
Renowned Maidan commander Vladimir Parasyuk responded furiously: “We don’t want to see Yanukovich in power. We don’t want deals with them. On Sunday at 10 a.m. he must step down. And unless this morning you come up with a statement demanding that he steps down, then we will take arms and go, I swear”.
Unlike Klitschko’s pitch, Parasyuk’s rebuttal was cheered by the crowd.

There was little doubt. Yanukovich had to flee or the unleashed radicals would deliver on their threat. The opposition leaders couldn’t stop them even if they tried.
Besides the fact Yanukovich fled for his life rather than break the deal, Russia’s point is that the deal was never about keeping him in power. Instead the deal would have ended violence and led to a unity government representing all Ukrainians, “not only those supporting Maidan, but also those skeptical or even fearful of it”.
RT: Why is the coup-appointed government replacing oligarchs linked to Yanukovich with… oligarchs?
Ambassador Smith: Who is appointed by the elected Government of Ukraine is a matter for the people and Government of Ukraine not any other foreign power – either the West or Russia.
Ask Victoria Nuland what is “a matter for the people and Government of Ukraine?”
Regardless, Maidan’s core grievance was the perceived corruption of Yanukovich and his officials, their links to big business who profited from his power abuses, wasn’t it?
If corruption delegitimized Yanukovich so profoundly why is the new government so clearly getting back into bed with the country’s richest men, in Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk?
Ambassador Smith answers nothing.

Anti-government protesters from far-right group "Right Sector" train in Independence Square in central Kiev, January 25, 2014. (Reuters)

Anti-government protesters from far-right group „Right Sector“ train in Independence Square in central Kiev, January 25, 2014. (Reuters)

RT: Why did the post-coup parliament strip Russian language of its regional status?
Ambassador Smith: This is not the case. President Aleksandr Turchinov refused to sign legislation repealing the existing language law. Instead he recommended drafting a new law addressing the interests of all language groups in Ukraine.
He did. Only after stalling so long that Crimea revolted against Kiev. And it really doesn’t answer our question. Given the ugly language legacy left by Yuschenko and the savage and unchecked violence that brought them to power, the new authorities couldn’t have better alienated Russian Ukrainians, such as those in Crimea
Unlike Turchinov, elected MPs who supposedly represent all Ukrainians, passed the bill. The Party of Regions, predominantly supported in the pro-Russian east and south, held a majority though reduced by resignations. How passing this bill served the interests of their constituency is beyond comprehension.
The MPs who backed changing the status of Russian only added to the xenophobic choir of radicals chanting slogans like “knife the Moskals” (perhaps akin to ‘Brit’) and “whoever does not jump is a Moskal.”

RT: Why did Kiev attack the Constitutional Court?
Ambassador Smith: It is clear that significant parts of the judicial system of Ukraine – including several of the judges in the Constitutional Court – had lost the confidence of the people and legitimate Parliament and Government of Ukraine.
Kiev’s ability to speak for all of Ukraine is far from established. Nor should any government dedicated to rule of law attack its own statutes, especially when it comes to a clear assault on separation of powers.
The new authorities ignore the law when it suits them. They didn’t bother impeaching Yanukovich properly; it would take too much time and was by no means a done deal. They didn’t bother to replace the supposedly corrupt judges as the law intends. Instead they ordered the judges be prosecuted before any evidence of wrongdoing was presented.
At least they didn’t propose “just digging up some dirt on them”.
In Russia this approach is called “revolutionary necessity”, and Russia saw plenty of it after the Bolshevik revolution. But the Bolsheviks never denied they took power in an armed coup, as is the case in Ukraine.

Dmitry Yarosh, a leader of the Right Sector movement, addresses during a rally in central Independence Square in Kiev February 21, 2014. (Reuters)

Dmitry Yarosh, a leader of the Right Sector movement, addresses during a rally in central Independence Square in Kiev February 21, 2014. (Reuters)

RT: Why would the West support the coup in Ukraine?
Ambassador Smith: There was no coup.
Actually, no. Here’s The Free Dictionary:
Coup
1. A brilliantly executed stratagem; a triumph.
2. a. A coup d’état. b. A sudden appropriation of leadership or power; a takeover: a boardroom coup.
One may argue this was a “democratic coup,” premised on the potentially false assumption Maidan represents the majority of Ukrainian people, but in every sense, Mr. Ambassador, this was a coup.

Putin not to recognize Kosovo because of Crimea

Putin not to recognize Kosovo because of Crimea

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