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EU slaps travel bans on Russian, Crimean officials

  • Not unexpected, the EU slaps travel bans and asset freezes on 21 Russian and Crimean officials linked to the push to have Crimea secede from Ukraine to maybe be annexed by Russia.
  • The move comes shortly after Crimea's parliament declared the region an independent state following the weekend referendum approving secession.
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  • User 353732
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    How the Russians must tremble and the nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America watch with awe and fear this exercise of geo strategic power and global reach by EU bureaucrats........
    17 Mar 2014, 10:17 AM Reply Like
  • Aikman
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    Soft response IMHO.
    17 Mar 2014, 10:27 AM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    Indeed it's both pathetic and laughable. In the end, the EU can do nothing and the US won't do anything. If Russia took over all Eastern Europe Obama would probably wouldn't budge an inch. Obama's presidency has been about the weakest and most powerless in the last 30 years. Even when he controlled both houses he couldn't pass a budget nor did he get out of Iraq or Afghanistan hastily despite his promises. Even in dovishness he's been perfectly impotent.

     

    It is no wonder the US keeps in cyclical decline after Bush Jr. allows catastrophe on his watch followed by economic catastrophe and Obama fails to do anything but keep enriching the very same people who caused the economic collapse. American's can only watch in bewilderment as government intervention causes one of the worst recessions in history only to be told more government intervention will save us by both Republican and Democratic presidents.
    17 Mar 2014, 09:26 PM Reply Like
  • dogety
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    Allows catastrophe? Kind of a leading statement! Unless followed by actual facts, of which there are none, the statement leaves one to wonder why it was made??

     

    You're partially right on Obama - he is following the advice of his mentors Garrett and Plouffe(sp) - they know politics - not international affairs! It's hard to dismantle the internal structure of the United States with all these 'external' distractions taking place.

     

    How many countries have claims on territory / Islands / regions not within their borders? Would the Russian action, if carried through to it's logical conclusion, leave these other nations in a position to ACT? It's possible! Who will stop them?
    17 Mar 2014, 10:17 PM Reply Like
  • 567335
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    Yeah, soft, but there will be more when Russia begins to move into eastern Ukraine. Short of putting NATO troops into the Ukraine as a trip wire, sanctions and containment are about all that can be done. Russia lost the last cold war, and if the current situation extends of a long period of time, they'll lose this one as well. I'd like to hear from anyone with serious, concrete suggestions for specific actions that can realistically be undertaken in the current geopolitical environment other than ratcheting up sanctions over time. Thanks.
    17 Mar 2014, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • purpleboarder
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    567, Read Charles Krauthammer's last 2 articles. he's got some good suggestions...
    17 Mar 2014, 12:23 PM Reply Like
  • 11146471
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    Russia will not move into eastern Ukraine. They just wanted the warm water port of Sevastopol!
    17 Mar 2014, 12:31 PM Reply Like
  • Bio Bull
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    Sevastopol is a great strategic location! It may be all they want.
    17 Mar 2014, 01:37 PM Reply Like
  • 567335
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    I hope you're right -- Crimea is gone in any event, at least for the foreseeable future. However, Estonia, Poland and others in eastern Europe still feel concern because of their own rather large ethnic Russian populations -- who knows, it's not like they are without experience where Russia is concerned.
    17 Mar 2014, 03:47 PM Reply Like
  • Bio Bull
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    It's a good thing that mankind always learns from history, right? :)
    17 Mar 2014, 03:54 PM Reply Like
  • dogety
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    They had it! No one was trying to keep them from it! A waste of an action! They're gaining NOTHING they didn't already have!
    This action is to demonstrate to 'others' just what Russia will do to protect their borders, in my mind - could be wrong, have been before! It may be an object lesson to those seeking to join NATO??
    17 Mar 2014, 10:23 PM Reply Like
  • dogety
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    Kind of think - since he has it whenever he wants, he will leave it as is - for now. There's plenty of time to consummate the deal!
    17 Mar 2014, 10:24 PM Reply Like
  • Mafeking
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    Some perspective: wouldn't you take advantage of a buffoon in the White House if you were Putin. Russia needs their warm water port to be secure. Now that have got it.
    17 Mar 2014, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • britjunkie1949
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    How about this, Ukraine is broke, Russia wants Crimea. Crimea has a large "ethnic" Russian population that just "voted" to become an independent nation. Russia wants to keep it's naval port in Crimea. Sell the Crimea to the Russians. Done, over, move on.
    17 Mar 2014, 01:41 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    Silence of the lambs. Hope the EU airlines don't go out of business over it.
    17 Mar 2014, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • TimmiesRegular
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    There is little doubt that the US (and possibly Nato) could push the Russians out of Crimea if there was something there worth having. The US generally gets pulled into conflicts rather than starting them and war has tremendous costs. Putin isn't stupid and there's a reason they want it more than us. It's an important port for the Russians.

     

    That said, the US has approximately twice the number of military personnel and maybe 2 or 3 times the capability of the Russian forces. Nato spends 70% of the entire world's military budget. It's not a question of capability - it's a question of will.

     

    The Russian economy survives on exports to the west for hard currency. If you want to solve this, just ban the trade in Rubbles and crush their economy.

     

    Every reasonable person knows this won't happen (because of the cost both in human beings and dollars) so the negotiations will go on for the foreseeable future until Russia gets what they want and the west will eventually have to support the other part of the bankrupt Ukraine. There many borders like this in the world and it will take more than this to drag the US into a battle.

     

    The US and EU plans in place are just token for now. The EU has as much to lose as Russia on this, so expect very little progress. In the end, there will be a negotiated settlement.
    17 Mar 2014, 05:04 PM Reply Like
  • dogety
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    Russia may have already got what it wanted - a 'free' Crimea asking to be 'under the wing', no need to go further - the Home port is secure, the annexation can occur at anytime - or NOT! Just go back to the Military barracks, return to quiet!

     

    No need for sanctions, as Crimea has voiced their desires? AND, Russia did NOT annex, yet!
    17 Mar 2014, 10:30 PM Reply Like
  • braliv
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    Sorry...USA and EU destabilize Ucraine by an illegal putch in Kiev ...THANKS TO BANDIT AND EXTREMIST ! We will pay a very hight price for this big mistakes...
    17 Mar 2014, 05:15 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Lunchbox
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    The only things Putin respects are bullets, bombs, and might. He scoffs at sanctions.
    17 Mar 2014, 06:53 PM Reply Like
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