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Crimean crisis set to dominate Obama's trip to Europe

  • President Obama is due to arrive in Europe tomorrow for a six-day trip to the region and to Saudi Arabia. The visit has been planned for months and was initially supposed to focus on nuclear security, but the Ukraine crisis is set to dominate.
  • The trip comes after pro-Russian forces stormed a Ukrainian air-force base yesterday with shots, stun grenades and armored vehicles, and took away the base's commander. Meanwhile, Russia's build-up of forces on its border with Ukraine includes armor, fighter aircraft and helicopters.
  • The House could vote this week on measures that would signal an increase in natural-gas exports as the U.S. looks to lower international reliance on Russian energy. The measures would also include increasing economic aid to Ukraine, as well as codify and add to sanctions against Russia such as more asset freezes and visa bans for corporations and individuals close to Vladimir Putin.
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  • june1234
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    Russians also confiscated the Ukraine's 1 submarine
    23 Mar 2014, 09:22 AM Reply Like
  • KJP712
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    He can go to Romania to check out the Black Sea area.Great country by the way,been there six times.
    23 Mar 2014, 12:03 PM Reply Like
  • User 353732
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    The West talks and betrays allies while Russia and China act and support their allies and vassals.
    The plays a strong hand with criminal incompetence while Russia and China play weak hands with verve and skill. Will and character matter: both qualities are notable for their absence amongst Western leaders.
    23 Mar 2014, 03:02 PM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    Russia and China also top the list among nations that have and continue to commit human rights violations including murdering journalists who speak out against their leaders. Is that the "character" you are speaking about?
    23 Mar 2014, 10:09 PM Reply Like
  • Coalfan
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    You know guys like him talk all tough behind their computers but would crap themselves to even go to Detroit.
    24 Mar 2014, 05:05 AM Reply Like
  • SoCalNative
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    Ya but how's BO's March Madness brackets! That's where he excels. Just relax.
    23 Mar 2014, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • Sakelaris
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    Sadly, far too many Americans are focused on their March Madness brackets and, concerning the Russia-Ukraine issues, they are only allocating enough time to follow the story as told through the mainstream media.

     

    That mainstream media is expressing extreme hatred against Russia The media are not telling of Russia's genuine concerns for its people who had been unwisely kept within the borders of the new Ukrainian nation in 1991, and are not telling of the extremist nature of Ukrainian neo-Nazi Svoboda thugs in the new Kiev government.

     

    The media are ginning up a new and dangerous Cold War at a time when we really need to be trying to work with Russia against our common enemies, the radical Muslim terrorists of the world.
    23 Mar 2014, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    Yes, Obama will probably go there to hide from the impact of doing absolutely nothing to protect Ukraine. At least he will be among friends who talk a lot and do nothing. No wonder Russia pulls such a stunt during Obama's tenure. He is by far the weakest foreign policy President to date besides maybe Jimmy Carter. At least Jimmy Carter tried though.
    23 Mar 2014, 09:40 PM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    Ukraine is now better off without Russia. They have the protection of the US and the EU. President Obama has handled this situation like an expert, and only an ignoramus such as yourself can't see that. Shouldn't you be eating cats or something?
    23 Mar 2014, 10:11 PM Reply Like
  • Land of Milk and Honey
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    Salelaris

     

    You keep posting these ideas. Here's a more nuanced article:
    http://bit.ly/NIzQzx

     

    The Jews in Ukraine are not telling the Jews outside, that neo-nazis took over. They certainly would if that was true. (I'm basing this on emails to Jews from major US organizations, about what their needs may be as this mess unfolded. Keeping in mind that Ukraine was exceptionally horrible to Jews during WWII, so concerns wouldn't be taken lightly.)

     

    The protestors were a heterogeneous group. They included the Svoboda, which is a hard right wing group. They are not the sum total, nor "in control." There is even a Jewish deputy minister. Saying Ukraine was taken over by neo-nazis, is helpful to the Russian government's goals. So it should be taken with caution, same as any possibly agenda-driven statement. I'm not saying the coupe government is ideal or got into power properly. The protestors included neo-nazis and that is part of this government. However, your statements are saying more extreme than that.

     

    MSM is not spreading hate at Russia. CNN spent hours on why Russia has a current military interest, and history there...and made sure to bring in a former ambassador with a pro-Russian view into many conversations.

     

    The US complaints aren't that Russia wants Crimea, nor that Crimea wants to be in Russia. It's that it could have been done with a proper democratic vote... not with a rigged vote after mysterious soldiers moved in.

     

    I don't want to debate this topic... it is what it is and I can't change it. However, Americans aren't as black and white or simplistic as you're picturing... (Some are, but that's true in any country.)
    24 Mar 2014, 01:13 AM Reply Like
  • DianeLee
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    What most articles barely mention and this article mentions not at all...is that the military based "stormed" by Russia is "in Crimea" so it doesn't seem unreasonable that a Ukraine military base in Crimea, except by authorization, should leave. Crimea ELECTED to withdraw from Ukraine and join Russia, was then annexed by Russia. Most citizens have an ethnic Russian background. Yanokovich was thrown out by coup short months ago, so where was the grab? My guess would be that Russia won't have to "invade" Eastern Ukraine, despite the hype.
    23 Mar 2014, 06:20 PM Reply Like
  • TAS
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    Hitler-type rationale from DianeLee. Think Austria.

     

    Interestingly, many Americans actually envy Russia having a proud nationalist like Putin at the controls. Our sitting President can't even make it to home plate wearing girly jeans and a 30 mph lob.
    23 Mar 2014, 10:12 PM Reply Like
  • DianeLee
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    Ouch, TAS. That's a little harsh. Take a little time, look at a map. Think about borders, and think in terms of ~current~ geopolitical and military positions. Above all, think of ethnic populations and lines drawn on the map by politicians without consideration for ethnic peoples.
    24 Mar 2014, 01:50 AM Reply Like
  • TAS
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    As I was saying: Austria...or the Sudetenland. Take your pick.
    24 Mar 2014, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • taxman100
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    Some of the Republicans think they can make this a winning issue by implying we should get involved in yet another war that our pathetic allies in NATO cannot even begin to respond. That will prove how "tough" they are on defense.

     

    If they cannot convince Americans that the disaster that 50 years of socialism (that Obama fully supports) has been for the economy, morality, and personal ethics of the country, then neither party deserves to win.
    24 Mar 2014, 10:26 AM Reply Like
  • Sakelaris
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    A true conservative realizes that the end result of a major international struggle (whether involving shooting or economic sanctions) is quite unpredictable and that it should be avoided whenever possible.

     

    The way the Republican Party (my party) has spent the last three weeks trying to goad President Obama into additional actions is sickening.
    24 Mar 2014, 10:33 AM Reply Like
  • TAS
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    I don't mind the Republican goading if it gets Barack out of the fund raising circuit and back to the White House to physically attend intelligence briefings (where he has been AWOL)
    24 Mar 2014, 01:49 PM Reply Like
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