I'll give you Ukraine, you'll let me go in Jerusalem? In the meanwhile the Western Roman Empire (papacy) and Eastern Roman Empire occupying and quartering the last independent territories and nations.
Away From Show of Diplomacy in Geneva, Putin Puts On a Show of His Own
Credit Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press
MOSCOW — Even as the world’s top diplomats were gingerly drafting a tentative accord to “de-escalate tensions” in Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin was on national television here, brashly declaring Russia’s historical claims over Ukrainian territory, reiterating a threat to use military force and generally sounding a defiant, even mocking, tone toward the United States.Mr. Putin, appearing cool and confident during a four-hour question-and-answer show, referred repeatedly to southeast Ukraine as “New Russia” — a historical term for the area north of the Black Sea that the Russian Empire conquered in the 1700s. And, he said, only “God knows” why the region became part of Ukraine in the 1920s, signaling that he would gladly correct that error.Dropping previous pretenses, he calmly acknowledged for the first time that Russian troops had been deployed to occupy and annex Crimea. And in perhaps the day’s most astonishing moment, he took evident delight in fielding a prerecorded question from Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American who is wanted on espionage charges for leaking documents on surveillance programs.If Mr. Putin’s show of bravado seemed out of sync with the diplomatic niceties in Geneva, it laid plain his determination to sustain Russian influence over Ukraine and his utter refusal to be cowed by the West. The tentative agreement did not address Russia’s annexation of Crimea, nor did it require the Kremlin to withdraw its troops massed on the Ukrainian border.While Russia’s willingness to go along with the accord most likely forestalled an immediate new round of economic sanctions by the West, Mr. Putin’s televised remarks made clear that his view of an independent Ukraine as a historical accident had not changed, nor had the existing, narrowly targeted sanctions deterred his plan to reassert Russian power by challenging America’s dominance in global affairs.Underscoring that his views on Ukraine are still driven by long-held beliefs, Mr. Putin on Thursday repeated his view that the West had lied to Russia about NATO expansion. “At one time we were promised,” Mr. Putin said, “that after Germany’s unification, NATO wouldn’t spread eastward.”He continued: “Our decision on Crimea was partially prompted by this. Needless to say, first and foremost we wanted to support the residents of Crimea. But we also followed certain logic: if we don’t do anything, Ukraine will be drawn into NATO sometime in the future. We’ll be told, ‘This doesn’t concern you’ and NATO ships will dock in Sevastopol, the city of Russia’s naval glory.”Mr. Putin’s view that the West has lied to Russia and humiliated him on numerous occasions, including its plans for Libya, explain why he will continue to talk — and act — tough on Ukraine even as he takes diplomatic steps toward resolving the crisis, said Samuel Charap, the senior fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a research organization in Washington.“They are going to keep the boots on Ukraine’s throat until they are 100 percent convinced that they have gotten what they wanted,” Mr. Charap said in an interview. “They believe that if they completely pulled back from the pressure they are applying, tomorrow the West would swoop in and try to steal Ukraine away again.”Mr. Putin’s willingness to challenge the West aggressively also reflects his relatively strong position — militarily in post-Soviet space, and politically on the domestic front. “He’s at the top of his game,” Mr. Charap said. “In terms of the situation on the ground and Ukraine’s future, they have the upper hand.” He added, “There’s a sense you get watching him of someone who has an 80 percent approval rating and has been supported by the people he cares about most.”That much was clear throughout Mr. Putin’s four-hour session. Although he sat at a desk throughout, he seemed to be strutting the entire time.Mr. Putin pointedly asserted that he had the authority to invade Ukraine, but added that he hoped it would not be necessary.“I remind you that the Federation Council has given the president the right to use armed forces in Ukraine,” he said, referring to the upper house of Parliament. “I very much hope that I will not have to exercise this right, and that through political and diplomatic means we will be able to resolve all the pressing, if not to say burning, issues in Ukraine.”Mr. Putin’s use of the historical term “Novorossiya,” or “New Russia,” to refer to southeastern Ukraine, which he had not emphasized previously, suggested that he was replicating Russia’s assertions of historical ties to the Crimean Peninsula before its occupation and annexation.Novorossiya generally refers to a broad area, stretching from what is now the border of Moldova in the west to the Russian border in the east, including Donetsk, the port city of Odessa to the south and the industrial center of Dnepropetrovsk to the north. On the question of Ukraine, Mr. Putin repeated his assertions that Russia feels an obligation to protect ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, where they are a large minority of the population. “We must do everything to help these people to protect their rights and independently determine their own destiny,” he said.“The question is to ensure the rights and interests of the Russian southeast,” he added. “It’s New Russia. Kharkiv, Lugansk, Donetsk, Odessa were not part of Ukraine in czarist times, they were transferred in 1920. Why? God knows. Then for various reasons these areas were gone, and the people stayed there. We need to encourage them to find a solution.”Mr. Putin took questions from the studio audience in Moscow, but also from various other locations, including Sevastopol in Crimea, where Russia maintains the headquarters of its Black Sea fleet and where the cameras showed a large, cheering crowd, with many people waving Russian flags.Mr. Putin was at his most determined in asserting Russia’s right to protect itself against Western threats.
“When the infrastructure of a military bloc approaches our borders, we have grounds for certain apprehensions and questions,” he said at one point. “We must take certain steps.”At another point he said that Russia simply could not allow NATO into Ukraine.“In this way, Russia may be really ousted from this region that is extremely important for us, a region for which so many Russians gave up their lives during all the previous centuries,” he said. “This is a serious thing.”
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To start I'll suggest a look at the figure of Alexander Dugin, go to the comments of Hristo Stiliyanov (thanks also to Hristo who brought to me very interesting info) under the post:
Христо СтилияновApril 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM
The book has had a large influence within the Russian military, police, and statist foreign policy elites and is used as a TEXTBOOK in the General Staff Academy of RUSSIAN MILITARY(........)Russia should use its special forces within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism. For instance, provoke "Afro-American racists". Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics.
The Eurasian Project could be expanded to South and Central America
Religious sentiment, Dugin urges, should be placed front and center: “Russians should realize that THEY ARE ORTHODOX in the first place; [ethnic] Russians in the second place; and only in the third place, people” (p. 255). There is a need, Dugin goes on to insist, for the “total churchification” of Russians, for the Russian nation to come to be viewed simply as “the Church” -
“At the basis of the geopolitical construction of this [Eurasian] Empire,” Dugin writes, “there must be placed one fundamental principle – the principle of ‘A COMMON ENEMY(......)“Ukraine as an independent state with certain territorial ambitions,” he warns, “represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics” (p. 348). And he adds that, “[T]he independent existence of Ukraine (especially within its present borders) can make sense only as a ‘sanitary cordon’ -
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Read the comments of Hristo under the post:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Beware of the blow
Monday, April 14, 2014
YOU ARE NEXT.
Satisfied with Vodka? OK, and now the link of which the title, in a comment of mine under the same post. What do you think, was I wrong or right?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014..... and:
Jerusalgrad - III ["shut down under Mr. Yanukovych"]
Friday, April 4, 2014