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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING


My mother used to say "the proof is in the pudding".  In the case of the US strategy concerning Ukraine and Russia the 'ugly facts' are starting to tell the real story.

At least five of those appointed to the 'new revolutionary cabinet' in Ukraine come from the ultra-right nationalist (neo-Nazi) Svoboda and Right Sector parties.  One of those appointments is the Deputy Secretary of National Security & Defense Council which likely means alot of head busting if anyone 'gets out of line'.

On the question of Russia's 'invasion' of Crimea RT reports:

In 1997, amid the wreckage of the USSR, Russia & Ukraine signed a Partition Treaty determining the fate of the military bases and vessels in Crimea. The deal sparked widespread officer ‘defections’ to Russia and was ratified by the Russian & Ukrainian parliaments in 1999. Russia received 81.7 percent of the fleet’s ships after paying the Ukrainian government US$526.5 million. The deal allowed the Russian Black Sea Fleet to stay in Crimea until 2017. This was extended by another 25 years to 2042 with a 5-year extension option in 2010. Moscow annually writes off $97.75 million of Kiev’s debt for the right to use Ukrainian waters and radio frequencies, and to compensate for the Black Sea Fleet’s environmental impact. The Russian navy is allowed up to 25,000 troops. 

The Global Network has long been claiming that the US intends to further expand NATO and escalate deployment of so-called "missile defense" systems surrounding Russia (and China). This morning's news brings more on both these vital topics. 

From KyivPost they announce:

The possible deployment of U.S. missile defense components on Ukrainian territory in exchange for U.S. financial support to Kyiv is a subject of negotiations, Ukrainian Ambassador in Minsk Mykhailo Yezhel said. "This is a subject of negotiations. As they say, shoot first and ask questions later," the ambassador told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday, speaking of the possible deployment of U.S. missile defense components in Ukraine as a condition of financial support to the crisis-ridden country.

On the issue of NATO expansion The Voice of Russia reports:

Ukraine’s parliament has allegedly registered a bill that aims to put the former Soviet republic on tracks towards joining the military NATO bloc. This is according to the secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada. The draft law on Ukrainian accession to the North-Atlantic alliance was submitted by the opposition-turned-ruling party Batkyvshchina who claimed that Ukraine’s military neutrality would not guarantee its safety. The initiative reportedly proposes to amend the country’s national security and home/foreign policy laws to define Euro-Atlantic integration and NATO accession as Ukraine’s foreign policy course.

It's really too bad that none of these stories are reported in western media but by now we should all understand that the corporate dominated mouth pieces have bigger fish to fry - such as mind-washing the public to support anything and everything that the oil-i-garchy is doing.

In the end there can be little doubt that the US and NATO are going for Russia's throat - maybe one could call it the 'final solution'.

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