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"Kerry visit to Kiev: The USA has no moral right to lecture anyone on anything" by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

 
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Three Ukrainian air defense regiments have sided with Crimean local authorities - Crimean gov't spokesman


4 March 2014, 11:21


Three Ukrainian air defense regiments have sided with Crimean local authorities, a spokesman for the Crimean government said. They are the 50th, 55th and 147th Missile Air Defense Regiments deployed in the cities of Evpatoria, Feodosia and Fiolenta, the report said. More than 700 soldiers and officers are serving in the units.

The air defense units, which turned over to the Crimean government, are armed with more than 20 Buk missile systems and more than 30 S-300 PS missile systems, the source said.


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2014.03.03: Residents of Perevalny about the situation in the local military unit (video)

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Ukraine: Terrorist humiliates authorities


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Does anybody from the West notice that the coup in Ukraine paved the way to the power for some most dangerous gangsters? One of them has already become a notorious figure on the Internet.

Some activists came to the Prosecution's office in Rovno the Ukrainian city situated on northwest of the country. When their came, their far-right leader Aleksandr Muzychko almost strangled the prosecutor by his own tie, in addition to threats, curses and some offensive punches. All of this -- in front of the cameras and police officers. The prosecutor seems to be so scared that he barely says something.

But who is actually Aleksandr Muzychko, the leader of the mob that tries to make everyone play under its rules?
He is the citizen of Ukraine, the radical nationalist, the member of UNA-UNSO, who fought in Chechnya in mid-nineties, but not with the Russian forces -- this fearless guy was on the terrorist side under the name of Sashko Bilyi. He was then the head of the Dzhokhar Dudayev's security back then. Dudaev, the militant's leader, personally gave him a medal in 1995 for his success in war against Russian forces.

In case if you need some details -- Muzychko leaded the Russian soldiers to the ambush, and each one of them was killed by the militants. Muzychko personally cut the throat of many conscript soldiers -- and these are the facts, this is not just a theory. "Killing moskals is my mission", said Muzychko. Moskal is the scornful term for the Russian that is often used in Ukraine.

There were some attempts to prosecute him, but he is still free now, and he even can let himself brandish the automatic weapon in front of the regional authorities without being imprisoned.

Is it possible that the person like Muzychko could scare the hell out of everyone, including the people who actually have the power to charge him?
How far will this far-right extremists go, if he would achieve more power in the torn apart country?
 
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Russian takeover of Crimea unlikely Putin


March 04, 16:49


Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Tuesday a press conference on the situation in Ukraine.

14.40. Yanukovych issued not a single illegitimate order

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych about chaos, if the latter withdrew police from Ukraines capital, Kiev, after signing the February 21 agreements.

I told him (Yanukovych) not to do this. 'Chaos and anarchy will set in your country. Have mercy on people', Putin said, recalling that the government and other offices had been captured then.

That chaos that I warned about started, the president noted.

14.43. Russian President says overthrow of constitutional order and armed seizure of power occurred in Ukraine.

14.49. Putin says there's no democracy in Ukraine. People are killed and burned alive, President says.

14.50. "Russian and Ukrainian armed forces are friends," Vladimir Putin comments on the situation in Ukraine's Crimea. That's why there are no shots heard in the Crimea.

Anti-constitutional actions fuel the situation in eastern and south-eastern Ukraine.

14.51. "Russia was right to provide security to the Crimean population as there were armed militants heading for the region."

14.53. Ukraine's new authorities "have no right to determine the country's future."   "People of Ukraine must have a chance to determine their future, future of their region."

14.56. Fincical markets seemed hysterical long before the conflict. The recent fall of the markets was most harmful to India and other BRICS countries, including Russia.

Russias President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he believes the masterminds of sanctions against Russia should think hard because the aftereffects of their move will be reciprocal.

Of course we can tarnish each other to some degree but this tarnishing will be reciprocal and this is something they should think about, he said.

Russia is full of patience and readiness for cooperation even in the conditions of highly complicated relations with Kiev, he said, adding that he had instructed the government to consider ways of maintaining contacts with the incumbent Ukrainian authorities.

14.57. Possibility of sending troops to Ukraine remains, but there is no such need for the time being, says Vladimir Putin. Russia has no intention to go to war against Ukrainian people. "If the decision to use military force in Ukraine were made, it would be legitimate," says Putin. "Russia's national interests are concerned, and it would be a humanitarian action,"   he adds.   Use of Russian troops in Ukraine would be last resort to be employed only on legitimate basis. If rampage begins in Eastern regions of Ukraine, Russia will reserve the right to use all available means.

14:58. "What were our partners' motives? They supported illegitimate state coup," says Vladimir Putin. "We keep trying to cooperate with the new authorities, even though we don't recognize them."

15:03. Putin says that Ukrainian protesters were trained by specialists, and they are not less trained than riot police.

15:09. It's very easy to ruin the ties between Russia and the USA, but very hard to build up ahain, comments Vladimir Putin on the reaction of the US to the crisis in Ukraine.

No decision to revoke Russia's Ambassador to the US has been made yet, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his countryside residence on Tuesday.

Russia keeps getting ready for G8 summit.

15:11. "Ukraine's industry has very close ties with Russia. If Yanukovych had signed the association agreement with the EU, the industry would have stopped," says Vladimir Putin.

Russia is prepared to work jointly with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to encourage Ukraine to launch economic reforms, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

15:14.   Putin says he gave orders to the government to retain ties with the new Ukrainian authorities. Russian officials have ties to Ukraine's Yatsenyuk and Turchynov, Vladimir Putin said.

15:16. Russian President Vladimir Putin is certain that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych just saved his life when he made a decision to move to Russia.

What I am saying is that death is the easiest way of eliminating a legitimate president. This is precisely what would have happened. I believe he would have been murdered there, he told reporters.

15:23. Russia wiil think twice and try to predict all possible reactions on the situation in Ukraine.

15:24. Situation in Ukraine is not an anti-constitutional state coup, it's a revolution.

15:25. Possible attempts to sabotage the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Russias Sochi, due on March 7-16, will be an act of extreme cynicism, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

15:27. "People in south-eastern Ukraine should feel safe," says Putin

Russia has reinforced protection of countrys military facilities in Crimea over coming threats, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed to reporters in his countryside residence on Tuesday.

We have reinforced protection of our military facilities, because we were receiving threats and saw that gunmen from terrorist organisations were coming, he noted.

Russia does not consider Crimea's takeover as a likely option.

15:28. "Anyone could win presidential elections in Ukraine, it's impossible to predict," Putin answers to a question. Putin sees no partners in Ukraine until new elections.

Russia will not recognize presidential election in Ukraine if it is held in the same atmosphere of terror, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters.

15:31. Instructors from the West might have been involved in preparing the coup in Ukraine, says Putin

15:32. Putin sees no obstacles for Tymoshenko to arrive in Russia, but he reminds that she holds no post in Ukraine now.

Russia has always cooperated quite fruitfully with the Ukrainian governments espousing different political outlooks, including the government of Yulia Tymoshenko, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

15:34. Gazprom will not restore old gas prices for Ukraine, it discontinues current quarterly disconuts, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

If Ukrainian partners do not pay for gas in February, Ukraine's debt to Gazprom will reach $2 billion.

15:35. "Acting Ukrainian authorities should provide security to all the citizens of the country," says Vladimir Putin after the last question about the safety of the Russian-speaking minority in the western regions of Ukraine.

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5,500 Ukrainian Soldiers Defect to Serve an Independent Crimea


MOSCOW, March 4 (RIA Novosti) More than 5,500 soldiers have defected from Ukraines military to serve the autonomous republic of Crimea, the regions newly appointed leader said.

Sergei Aksyonov, named prime minister last week in a local parliamentary vote, said Tuesday that talks with unit commanders led to the defections of soldiers to join an independent Crimean military.

Of the 34 Ukrainian military units stationed in Crimea, 23 have defected, a local government representative told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Crimea, a majority ethnic Russian peninsula in southeastern Ukraine, was seized by Russian-aligned troops in recent days following the overthrow of the pro-Russian government in Kiev by the erstwhile, Western-leaning opposition.

The regional leadership has announced that it will consider a referendum to secede from Ukraine on March 30.

Troops under apparent Russian command, many of them traveling in military trucks and armored personnel carriers, have deployed widely around Crimea, as attested by numerous eyewitness accounts from reporters on the ground.

The forces have surrounded Ukrainian military installations and demanded soldiers inside lay down their arms.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday denied such a deployment had taken place, however, insisting the troops were part of local militias.

Neither the Ukrainian national government nor independent sources have yet confirmed the defection figures.

A Crimean government spokesman said the defections included troops stationed at Sevastopols Belbek Airport and three air defense regiments that operate S-300 surface-to-air missile systems.

S-300 systems, highly effective in shooting down most modern aircraft, would greatly increase the risk to planes conducting unauthorized overflights of Crimean airspace.

A source inside Ukraines naval headquarters told RIA Novosti Tuesday that some 50 officers had been prevented from leaving the building out of fears that they intended to defect to the Crimean military.

Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky, whom the interim government in Kiev appointed head of Ukraines national navy on March 1, swore allegiance to Crimea over the weekend.

He will head the regions independent navy, according to Prime Minister Aksyonov, who also said Crimea will have its own defense ministry to oversee local troops.

Updated to indicate Aksyonov's statement was Tuesday.

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Crimea to Get Its Own Defense Ministry


SIMFEROPOL, March 4 (RIA Novosti) The newly appointed leader of Crimea in southern Ukraine said Tuesday that the region is to form its own defense ministry.

Local security forces including the police and army, which previously were commanded from Kiev, will be brought under the regional governments control, Sergei Aksyonov said.

Aksyonov, appointed prime minister in a local parliamentary vote last week, told reporters that a referendum on the autonomous republics status might be considered earlier than the previously announced March 30.

But he did not specify when the new Defense Ministry would be formed and who would head it.

Aksyonov, a pro-Moscow businessman turned politician, announced earlier that Crimea would have its own navy, to be headed by Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky.

Berezovsky was appointed head of Ukraines national navy on March 1, but he swore allegiance to the region over the weekend.

Crimea, a majority ethnic Russian region that hosts a large Russian naval base, has seen large deployments of apparently Russia-commanded troops in recent days following the overthrow of the government in Kiev by the opposition.

Moscow has called the occupation a peace-keeping operation aimed at protecting the civilian population, but Western nations have roundly condemned it as an act of aggression.


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What is going to happen to Ukraine's Crimea?
   
   
04.03.2014

   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVjxLmnav0k

Emergence of statehood is evident in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. A government independent of Kiev has been formed, a referendum to change the status of the Crimea from the autonomy to a state has been announced, and a decision to form their own Ministry of Defense has been made. The primary goal is to hold a referendum on self-determination. But what's next?

Everything is done legally, because a constitutional republic has the right to hold referendums and amend the constitution. "We're trying to act strictly in the remnants of the legal field of Ukraine, although it has already been destroyed, but some reference points still exist," Andrei Nikiforov, a Crimean political scientist, Professor of Tauride University (Simferopol) told Pravda.Ru. "We are making every effort to ensure that there are no claims against the reference points in the Crimea, or that they are minimal, since it is revolutionary time.
   
In the end, we are no less democratic than they are European. When wolves were still howling in the bogs in Europe, the Crimea already had a democracy, a legal state system. We will be convincing them (Europeans), we will show them, but we will not give up our values to please them. "

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine withdrew from the field of constitutional law, if only because it did not impeach President Viktor Yanukovych according to the procedure stipulated, among other things, in the Constitution of 2004. It is no coincidence that Yanukovych announced at a press conference in Rostov-on-Don that he intended to travel to the Crimea to coordinate with the Crimea residents, i.e., he did not step down. This was a very important moment, because maximum adherence to the legal field was originally the position of not only the Crimea, but also Russia in all international conflicts.

Of course, the probability of the return of Yanukovych to presidency is null, but Russia needs his legitimacy to follow the stated position of the UN Security Council about the need to return the warring parties to the agreements made on February 21. Then Western mediators, Yanukovych and the opposition agreed to form a coalition government. Why wouldn't the UN Security Council raise the issue of the liability of the intermediaries for the failure of the peace agreements?
   
As for the referendum, according to some sources, there will be the following proposal: "The ARC has the state independence and is part of Ukraine on the basis of treaties and agreements." Possible choices are "accept" and "reject". However, this option was proposed two weeks ago, and since then a lot has changed and continues to change. The date of the referendum was changed (from May 25 to March 30), and I think that the proposal may also change. The state autonomy may well be formulated as the independence of the Crimea," told Pravda.Ru Pavel Podlesniy, head of the Russian-US relations at the Institute of USA and Canada. "If it happens, I believe that Russia may recognize this status. Ukraine, of course, will not recognize it, but there is nothing it can do about it."   

The referendum statement is close to the Declaration of Independence. So far, it is a return to the status that the Crimea had in the first half of the 1990s," said Andrei Nikiforov . "On May 5, 1992 a declaration on the governmental autonomy of the Crimea was adopted, and the Constitution was adopted stating a complete statehood. Article 9 of the Constitution is similar to the issue brought up to the referendum. There is no question of secession from Ukraine at this time, there is an issue of the terms that would make the Crimea agree to join Ukraine. This is a matter of a discussion and approval of these agreements with Ukraine. We will join as much as we deem appropriate. This status would allow in the case of incidents make the next step (towards independence). It is up to us, residents of the Crimea, to make this decision."   

Crimean lawmaker Sergei Tsekov, deputy of the Supreme Council of Crimea faction "Russian unity," confirmed to Pravda.Ru that the Parliament was also discussing a tough statement on Independence: "Today, there was a very tough statement. A number of statements should be supported by appropriate arguments and brought to the voters. Therefore, there may be different versions."

But most importantly, we offer the right to vote for our subjectness. That is, we are subjects of international law, an independent state. And then we will decide our fate, decide how we will live. There are three options here: Ukraine, Russia, and independence. Which option will we choose? We will choose the option that the Crimea residents need."

Will Kiev and the West allow the opportunity to hold a referendum on self-determination? Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, head of the Security Service of Ukraine, claims that Kiev would not allow it. "We will not allow holding a referendum," he promised, adding that this would require efforts of the Ukrainian Security Services and the Ministry of Justice. It is obvious that deployment of troops is required now because the internal forces and the police were dispersed or demoralized by the new Kiev authorities. On Saturday members of the Russian Federation Council unanimously approved the use of the Russian Armed Forces by the President of Russia on the territory of Ukraine "until the political situation in this country is stabilized." It appears that the troops will be moved in the event of the attempts to prevent the Referendum by force.

"There are doubts as to whether the referendum can be held peacefully, which is why the new government has taken control of the entire power unit. This will guarantee safety and peace. The government and public initiative are moving in the same direction. In the settlement where I live Russians and Tatars have agreed to create self-defense forces," said political analyst Andrei Nikiforov. "This is a grassroots initiative widely supported in the community, and this initiative will not allow disrupting the referendum," he said.

In what case will the Russian troops be introduced? The expert said that President Putin likely has some analytical considerations on this subject. For the residents of the Crimea simply the willingness to do so is very important because "now we know that we are not alone." However, Andrei Nikiforov believes that the Crimea and Sevastopol are the areas where Russian troops should not be introduced as "they are already there."

"The Black Sea fleet is located in Sevastopol and in a number of other areas under the agreement. Perhaps, in the case of some extraordinary situation these parts can be used to normalize the situation on the peninsula," said the analyst. It is not ruled out that they will not have to enter because the situation in the Crimea was normalized, law enforcement agencies and defense forces in the Crimea are in full control." This is the opinion of other experts polled by Pravda.Ru, including Rear Admiral Vladimir Solovyov, the head of public organization "CIS Countries' Institute in Sevastopol ".

Sergey Tsekov shares this opinion: "So far, there is no need to pull in Russian troops. So far everything is calm. In fact, I am on my way to work, all streets are clear. The streets that were closed five days ago are now quiet, traffic is restored, the work of the Supreme Council of Crimea is fully restored, same with the Council of Ministers. Virtually all structures located in the Crimea that were directly subordinate to Kiev were reassigned to the Crimea. That is, it confirms that our actions are correct," concluded the deputy.

Developments in the other pro-Russian regions of Ukraine will depend on the success of the actions of the Crimea.
               
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Putin: Russia has no enemies in Ukraine


04.03.2014


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Ukraine is a friendly state for Russia, and Russia has no enemies there, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at today's press conference.

Putin also commented on recent media rumors about the death of Viktor Yanukovych. According to him, he met with Ukrainian President two days ago in Russia. "Yanukovych is alive and he may just as well get cold at the funeral of those who wished him ill," said Putin.

On March 4, the Russian president held a press conference in his Novo-Ogaryovo residence to comment the events in Ukraine. At the press conference, Putin denied Russia's involvement in the seizure of strategic facilities in the Crimea. He said that the armed men, who took control of a number of Crimean objects were representatives of "local defense forces."

According to Putin, the members of Kiev self-defense groups that the new Ukrainian government formed, were trained by instructors in Lithuania and Poland. The Russian President drew attention to the high level of technical organization of the units.

Vladimir Putin also said that there was currently no need for the Russian troops to enter Ukraine. "As for the deployment of troops, for the time being this is not necessary," he said. Putin added, though, that there was such a possibility.
   
This is the first time, when the Russian leader gives public comments on the situation in Ukraine after opposition ousted legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych. The press conference was broadcast live by Russia 24 TV channel.

Vladimir Putin urged the Ukrainian opposition to observe ideas of democracy and urged the country to hold a referendum on a new constitution. Putin also said that residents of the eastern part of Ukraine virtually had no leverage to influence political decisions.

The head of state described the recent events in Ukraine as an unconstitutional coup and declared that there was no legitimate president in the country, other than Yanukovych.

Putin acknowledged the Verkhovna Rada partly legitimate.The Rada adopted the new constitution under pressure from the opposition, after President Yanukovych was stripped of his powers.

The Russian President said during his press conference in Novo-Ogaryovo on March 4 that Russia did not consider the possibility of annexing the Crimea. Moscow will not provoke separatism in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin stressed out that it is only Ukrainian citizens who have the right to determine the fate of their territories.

As for Viktor Yanukovych, Putin said that Yanukovych is currently the only legitimate President of Ukraine, even though he has no power today. Only the Parliament of Ukraine has partially legitimate power in Ukraine today; all other power bodies do not, Putin stated.

"One can not speak about the legitimacy of the Acting President (Alexander Turchinov - ed.) - President Vladimir Putin said . - Legally, there is only one legitimate president, it is clear that he has no power, of course. But, I've already said that and I want to repeat that from the legal point of view, the only legitimate president is Yanukovych."


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Crimean leadership to meet Moscow State Duma members on Friday - Crimean Rada Speaker


March 2014, 20:10


The Crimean leadership will come to Moscow on Friday to meet State Duma members, Crimean Rada Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov, has announced.

"A four-member delagation has been formed. We set out on Thursday and will meet our colleagus on Friday. We're going to discuss humanitarian issues, financial aid, food and medicine supplies for Crimea," Vladimir Konstantinov, the speaker of   the Crimean Verkhovna Rada, said.

Besides, the Crimean tourism industry will be on the agenda.   

"Holiday season is nearing and we would like to see our resorts filled with people," Konstantinov added.

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Western media have launched an information war against the Republic of Crimea. Inhabitants of Crimea created information online army to break the information blockade. All the details here: http://komtv.org

 
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Tatarstan President Travels to Crimea to Meet Tatar Leaders


MOSCOW, March 5 (RIA Novosti) The president of the Russian republic of Tatarstan traveled Wednesday to Crimea in southern Ukraine to meet with representatives of the Tatar community, which make up more than one-tenth of the peninsulas population.

The Crimean parliament said in a statement that Rustam Minnikhanov was met in the administrative capital, Simferopol, by top local officials and the Russian consul.

Minnikhanov is due to hold talks with leaders of the local Tatar community, which has come out in support of the newly installed government in the national capital, Kiev.

The Crimean government, however, has rejected the authority of the leadership in Kiev, a stance that has raised concern of possible tensions between the peninsulas ethnic Russia majority and Tatars.


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Residents of the village Perevalnoe: Russian servicemen save us


05.03.2014, (Crimean News) Inhabitants disprove the information about the capture of the military unit of the 36th coastal forces brigade in the Crimean village Perevalnoe. Russian servicemen together with activists of the peoples self-defence control the perimeter in order to avoid provocations.

People are not against Russia or Ukraine. People stand for their self-determination. We do not want to live with the Kiev authorities. We want us to have our own government. Nobody wants to war. assured a villager. Russia in the present case saves us. If now I could carry bread and flowers to Russian soldiers, I would do it. They save us. They are pledge of calmness.

The inhabitants are indignant with ambiguous interpretation of what is happening and call for objectivity: People simply want to choose their own destiny. Now it is calm, people quietly walk with their children on the streets. Russian military men are the guarantors of peace.   

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People in military uniform without insignia in Crimea not linked with Russian army



NOVO-OGAREVO, March 05. /ITAR-TASS/. People in military uniform without any insignia in Crimea are not linked with Russian army, Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu told reporters on Wednesday. This is absolutely false, Shoigu said.

In reply to a journalists question whether there are Russian servicemen among these people without any insignia in Crimea, Shoigu said, Absolutely not, there are none of them."

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Russia has 'no authority' over Ukraine self-defence forces - Lavrov


Russia doesn't issue orders to Crimea's self-defense forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the negotiations with his Spanish colleague José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil. "As for the troops of the Black sea Navy, they are stationed on the bases," Sergey Lavrov said and added that additional safety measures have been taken on the bases.

Consent to arrival of int'l observers in Ukraine should be given by receiving party, including Crimea - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a decision on the issue of sending an international mission to Ukraine should be made by the receiving parties, including the administration of Crimea, not Russia. "They should not ask us because we are not talking about our territory. They should ask those who are now in charge of order in Ukraine," Lavrov told a press conference in Madrid on Wednesday.

"Those who are now in the Ukrainian parliament do not control the entire territory because people in Crimea and in some other regions do not want to recognize the legitimacy of those who came to power using anti-constitutional methods. For this reason, they should reach agreements with those who really control the situation. For Crimea, it's the Supreme Council and the government," Lavrov said.

"If the Crimean authorities want to invite international observers and if the Kyiv authorities do the same, it will be Ukraine's decision," Lavrov said.

"Observers are sent at the request on the receiving party. For this reason, the receiving parties need to give their consent," he said. Lavrov pointed out that this issue will be discussed with Western partners at an international conference on the situation in Lebanon in Paris on Thursday.

"Our partners really want to discuss this issue. At the same time, they insist that the OSCE make a decision today," he said.

According to earlier reports, German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a phone conversation with the Russian president has suggested sending a 'fact-finding mission" to Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin told reporters he has ordered the Russian foreign minister to work on this issue with Russia's foreign partners.

Lavrov warns West against indulging people trying to govern Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned Western countries against supporting the people who, in his words, have come to power in Ukraine in an unconstitutional manner. "If we so indulge those who are trying to govern our great and good historical neighbor now, everyone should understand that a bad example is infectious, and it is necessary to be consistent in everything without any double standards," Lavrov said at a press conference following negotiations with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo in Madrid on Wednesday.

Allegations on Ukraine-US talks on housing missile shield aimed at worsening Russia-West relations - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov describes unconfirmed reports on ongoing negotiations between the new Ukrainian authorities and the US on the possibility of deploying US missile defense elements in Ukraine in exchange for financial aid as gambling and an attempt to aggravate relations between Russia and the West.

"If this is so, we have yet another example of those currently sitting at Verkhovna Rada trying to gamble on relations between Russia and the West and aggravate these relations in the hope of catching something in that muddy water, with the absolute connivance of our Western partners," Lavrov said at a press conference following negotiations with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo in Madrid on Wednesday.

Lavrov said he had not heard himself that Ukraine was in negotiations on housing US missile defense elements on its territory in exchange for financial aid.

Russia to bend every effort to prevent attempts on lives of Ukrainian residents Lavrov

Moscow will bend every effort to prevent bloodshed in Ukraine, to prevent attempts on lives or health of Ukraines residents, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement.

Speaking in the wake of the talks with his Spanish counterpart, Lavrov said that, according to the Russian President, Moscow would bend every effort to prevent bloodshed in Ukraine, or attempts on the life and health of those making their home in Ukraine, including Russian nationals. He said that the Russian Black Sea Fleet servicemen remain deployed within their permanent garrisons.

"Extra measures have been taken to increase vigilance to ensure the Black Sea Fleet facilities security," Sergei Lavrov said.

No double standards should be used to assess events in Ukraine and Kiev - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the world community to assess the developments in Ukraine consistently, without resorting to double standards.

"The "hottest" phase of the crisis - although, of course, it is hot in the figurative sense - began when a coup was staged in violation of the Ukrainian constitution, with the legally elected President removed from power in a way that is not prescribed by the constitution or any laws of Ukraine. So, if we give easy time to those who are currently trying to lead our great historical neighbour, everyone should understand that one fool makes many, and one should act consistently, without resorting to any double standards," Lavrov said in the wake of his Madrid-held talks with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.

Statements about possible deployment of US missile defense in Ukraine are speculation Lavrov

Statements about the possible deployment of US missile defense elements in Ukraine are speculation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference on Wednesday after talks with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.

"I havent heard any statements of that kind, but if its true, then its yet another example of how, through the complete connivance of our Western partners, incumbent Verkhovna Rada lawmakers are attempting to speculate on relations between Russia and the West, trying to strain those relations and hoping to fish something out of muddy waters," the minister said.

"Thats not serious politics. And I think that our Western partners are perfectly aware of what kind of game is being played," he added.

Earlier, Ukrainian ambassador to Minsk Mikhail Yezhel announced that a possible deployment of US missile defense elements in Ukraine in exchange for US financial aid was being negotiated.

Moscow, Madrid agreed to hold cross Russia-Spain Year of Languages in 2015 Lavrov

Moscow and Madrid have agreed to hold the Russia/Spain Year of Languages in 2015, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement in Madrid. He was speaking in the wake of his talks with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo in Madrid.

Lavrov further said that the event could be followed by a Russia/Spain Year of Tourism, given that the number of Spanish tourists in Russia and Russian tourists in Spain has been steadily on the increase.

"Last year, 1.5 million Russians went to Spain as tourists, and the same is true of Spanish tourists in Russia. So far, fewer Spaniards have been coming to Russia than Russians to Spain. Last year, Russia played host to 100,000 Spanish tourists. I am certain that the figure will keep growing," Sergei Lavrov said.

Russian-Spanish trade turnover in excess of 11 billion dollars Lavrov

The Russian-Spanish trade turnover has exceeded 11 billion dollars, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement earlier today.

"We have confirmed that we remain focused on the promotion of economic and investment cooperation, he said, while the overall trade turnover has exceeded 11 billion dollars despite the Eurozones current problems."

He added that the intergovernmental commission is due to go in another session in Madrid in a couple of weeks to take up ways to implement some promising projects. The business forum thats due to be held simultaneously is an important instrument to cement direct ties between the two countries business circles. Sergei Lavrov also said that the parties to the Madrid talks have, besides, reached agreement to speed up work on quite a few new agreements, specifically the one on the mutual recognition of driving licences, which will make the conditions for the two countries citizens contacts maximally comfortable. Some of the other agreements are those between the Defence Ministries, on military technological cooperation and cooperation in space research.

The Russian Foreign Minister also stressed the importance of promoting ties in the field of tourism. "1.5 million Russians visited Spain last year, while Russia played host to 100,000 Spaniards over the same period. I hope the number of Spanish tourists will grow in the coming years," he said.


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Kiev snipers hired by new coalition, not Yanukovych - Estonian FM to Ashton


5 March 2014, 17:14


The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister, which has emerged online.

"There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition," Paet said during the conversation.

"I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didnt pick that up, thats interesting. Gosh," Ashton answered.

The call took place after Estonias FM Urmas Paet visited Kiev on February 25 at the peak of clashes between the pro-EU protesters and security forces in the Ukrainian capital.

Paet also recalled his conversation with a doctor who treated those shot by snipers in Kiev. She said that both protesters and police were shot at by the same people.

"And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga [Bogomolets] told as well that all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides," the Estonian FM stressed.

Ashton reacted to the information by saying: "Well, yeahthats, thats terrible."

"So that she then also showed me some photos she said that as a medical doctor she can say that it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and its really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they dont want to investigate what exactly happened," Paet said.



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Crimea is involved in information war


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06.03.2014, (Crimean News. Simferopol) Today we started the Information Internet militia action. We invite all citizens with a strong civic position to join the news interpretation. Crimea is now in the information blockade, which creates a model of the controlled chaos. said at a press conference in Simferopol the chief of the Crimean Front staff Yuri Pershikov. Our goal is to run this blockade. Nobody gave western colleagues the right to evaluate our work this way.

The problem of counteraction to manipulation technologies, used in covering the situation in the autonomy, rests on the shoulders of the Crimean journalists.

We determine the regions image. We are involved in the information war. Here there is the misinterpretation of everything that can be misinterpreted; here there is no morality and no rules. Everything is done for the sake of the result. believes Andrey Trofimov, a board member of the Crimean Republican National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. And this result is aimed at the destruction of the world of Crimeans, to push the people of Ukraine to the further escalation of the conflict.

As the deputy head of the press center of the Crimean Front Sergei Veselovsky mentioned, journalism was converted into serving Chaldean . Today the situation has changed. The people are the source of power. Crimea remains peaceful and quiet. Mass media today should be relaxants. We set up a press center for constant coverage of the situation in Crimea. We need platforms, where the representatives of different national groups and political forces could speak. informed Sergey Veselovskii. It is necessary to spread the word of the truth about what is happening in the Crimea. We need to run the information blockade. To show that Crimea lives a normal full value life.

Journalists should be apolitical, stressed participants of the meeting. Once a journalist becomes a separate political player, he must say frankly and honestly Im no longer a journalist.

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Crimean vice premier says referendum on status set for March 16-RIA


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(Reuters) - Crimea's vice premier, Rustam Temirgaliev, said on Thursday a referendum on the region's status would take place on March 16, RIA news agency reported on Thursday.

RIA quoted the official as saying the referendum would ask whether Crimea wanted to remain part of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation.

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Ukraine Crisis Deepens as Sevastopol Votes to Join Russia


MOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti) Ukraines Crimean city of Sevastopol has voted to become part of Russia, mirroring an earlier vote by the regions parliament and consolidating support for the majority ethnic Russian region to formally secede from Ukraine in an upcoming popular vote.

The Sevastopol city council voted to join the Russian Federation as a subject, the council said in a statement Thursday evening.

The city, which has a separate administrative status from the rest of Crimea, will still take part in a public referendum to formalize the decision, scheduled by the Crimean parliament for March 16.

The referendum will offer voters two choices: to either approve the secession or for the primarily Russian-speaking peninsula to remain an autonomous republic within Ukraine.

Crimeas surprise vote on secession, while lacking any immediate practical effect, deepened the ongoing political crisis in the region after thousands of troops apparently under Russian command, but lacking official insignia took control of Ukrainian military bases across Crimea in the past week.

The acting president of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, dismissed the referendum plan, calling it a farce and a crime against the state, and claiming in a televised address Thursday evening that the Ukrainian parliament would move to dissolve the Crimean one.

US President Barack Obama denounced Crimea's move as illegal under the Ukrainian constitution and international law, and ordered financial and visa sanctions for those responsible for the vote, which he said threatened the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

US allies in the European Union swiftly followed with a matching set of visa sanctions, threatening further measures if the crisis could not be defused.

Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for an hour by phone about the situation on Thursday evening, according to statements by both governments.

On the Russian side, the conversation revealed differences in approaches and assessments of the causes of the current crisis, the Kremlin said.

Putin said in the call that Ukraines current government was illegitimate, and that Russia cannot ignore [Crimeas] appeals for help in this regard, but that it would act in full compliance with international law.

Russian and Crimean officials have refused to recognize the new central government in Kiev, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych on February 22.

Obama proposed a diplomatic strategy under which international monitors would be introduced to stabilize Crimea, the Russian military would withdraw from the region and direct talks would take place between the Ukrainian and Russian governments, according to a statement by the White House.

The presidents agreed for Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry to continue talks on the situation.

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Russian Parliament Welcomes Crimea to Leave Ukraine for Russia


MOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti) Russias upper house of parliament said Friday it would welcome the addition of Crimea to the country's territory if residents there choose to secede from Ukraine in a referendum scheduled next week.

Officials in the Crimean parliament the Supreme Council and the city council of Sevastopol voted Thursday for the majority ethnic Russian region to become part of Russia, amid increasing fears that Moscow was seeking to annex the Ukrainian territory. The votes by Crimean authorities, however, are not legally binding and have little immediate effect.

We [the Supreme Council] have made a decision on entry into the Russian Federation. Now the ball is in your court, you must decide the fate of Crimea I hope, forever, said Vladimir Konstantinov, chairman of Crimeas Supreme Council, at a meeting of the region's officials with the speaker of Russias lower house of parliament Sergei Naryshkin.

The speaker of Russias upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, said Russia would support the addition of Crimea to its territory.

If the people of Crimea make the decision in the referendum to join Russia, we, as the upper house, will of course support such a decision, Matviyenko said Friday.

The public referendum on the issue, scheduled for March 16, has been dismissed as a farce and a crime against the state by the acting president of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, who said Thursday that the Ukrainian parliament would move to dissolve the Crimean one.

The referendum will offer voters two choices: to either approve the secession or for the primarily Russian-speaking peninsula to remain an autonomous republic within Ukraine.

Votes by Crimean authorities on secession Thursday, though legally toothless, outraged the Ukrainian government and the West, escalating an ongoing political crisis in the region after thousands of troops apparently under Russian command, but lacking official insignia took control of Ukrainian military bases across Crimea in the past week.

US President Barack Obama denounced the move as illegal under the Ukrainian constitution and international law, and ordered financial and visa sanctions for those responsible for the vote, which he said threatened the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

US allies in the European Union swiftly followed with a further round of visa sanctions and asset-freezing, threatening further measures if the crisis could not be defused.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a phone call with Obama on Thursday night that Ukraines current government, brought to power by a revolution that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych last month, was illegitimate.

He said that Russia cannot ignore [Crimeas] appeals for help in this regard, but that it would act in full compliance with international law.

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