Ukraine rekindles Nato aspirations, angering Russia

Dec 24, 2014

Dmitry Medvedev warns of 'extremely negative consequences' after Kiev drops non-aligned status

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Ukraine rekindled its aspirations to join Nato this week by ending its status as a non-aligned nation, drawing a quick rebuke from Russia.

Ukraine pursued Nato membership ten years ago after electing a pro-Western government, but when the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych came into power in 2010 it declared itself "non-aligned", a classification given to countries that refuse to join military alliances.

Yanukovych has since been ousted and MPs yesterday voted to drop the country's neutral status, making it clear that the move was a response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and alleged intervention in the east of the country over the past year.

Pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Kiev forces in Donetsk and other eastern regions since April, although a shaky ceasefire has held in recent weeks. Peace talks were expected to take place in Minsk, Belarus, this week. But Russia, which has long seen Nato's expansion as a threat, yesterday condemned Ukraine's decision to drop its non-aligned status.

"This is counterproductive and only worsens confrontation, creates the illusion that the path of taking up such laws can solve the deep inner crisis in Ukraine," said the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

Kiev is unlikely to join Nato any time soon, says the Daily Telegraph, but lifting its restriction on joining security blocs "clears the way for an accession at a later date".

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said it was "effectively an application to join Nato, turning Ukraine into a potential military opponent of Russia". He warned that Moscow "will have to react" and said the decision would have "extremely negative consequences".

Medvedev's warning came as Moscow threatened to stop delivering natural gas to Ukraine if it failed to pay Gazprom the $1.6bn it owes in arrears, scheduled to be paid in January. According to the Moscow Times, Ukraine's state energy firm Naftogaz says it has now transferred the money. Russia has repeatedly shut off supplies when Ukraine has failed to pay its bills.

US claims Russia fired rockets into Ukraine

25 July

One week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in Ukraine, US officials say Russia has fired artillery across the border into its neighbour – and intends to hand rocket launchers to Ukrainian rebels.

The US State Department's Marie Harf told reporters that "human intelligence information" proved that artillery had been fired across the border from Russia, targeting Ukrainian military positions.

She also said Russia intends "to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers" to the rebels, the BBC reports.

While the US has stopped short of claiming Russian forces shot down the passenger jet, it has blamed the incident on pro-Russian rebels using an SA-11 Buk surface-to-air missile provided by Russia. The Kremlin has frequently denied arming the rebels.

Rebel commanders have given conflicting accounts of whether or not they possessed such a missile launcher. It is not thought to be possible that the plane could have been shot down with lighter arms such as a shoulder-mounted missile.

In Moscow meanwhile, though the majority of citizens don't believe pro-Russian rebels had any involvement in the incident, notes apologising for the disaster with flowers and cards have been left at the Dutch embassy, says Sky News.

Of the 298 people on board the plane, 193 were Dutch citizens. The first military aircraft bringing bodies back to Holland began to arrive on Wednesday, greeted by mourners and the country's king and queen.

In the UK, air crash investigators have successfully extracted data from the plane's two black box flight recorders. They are looking for voice recordings of the last moments of the flight.

On Thursday, the EU announced it was stepping up sanctions against Russia, put in place earlier in the year over fears Russia was arming rebels and had annexed Crimea. Fifteen people and 18 entities were added to the sanction list.

Russia's ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, condemned the sanctions as "illegal, unreasonable and counterproductive".

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The Truth:

The USA and its Puppets have Re-Organized their “Orange”
Counter-Revolution to try to Overthrow the Ukraine Government in a NATO-backed Coup
De E’etat to install a US-Puppet!

The United States is Behind the Demonstrations in the Ukraine
to try to Eventually win

Support for Joining the
European Union, which in turn Aims to End the Sovereignty of

The Ukraine and will Demand
that the Ukraine accept Population Reduction “Save the

Euro” Austerity in an
Economic Warfare Program of “Enforced Social Darwinism!”

almost the same exact FORMULA which the USA used to
overthrow the Eduard Shevardnadze-led Georgian government in a straight COUP
DE ETAT in November 2003 (falsely labeled a “Rose Revolution”),
the USA backed by NATO, is trying to organize a coup
de etat in the Ukraine! The Internet combined in most cases with full
Russian Federation cooperation has allowed the USA to more easily
organize its invasions, invasions by proxy, coup d’etats and
direct undermining of governments in Libya, Syria, Tunisia, the “Arab Spring”
countries of Egypt and Tunisia and even the Russian Federation itself (!) and WORLDWIDE.
In the Ukraine the United States uses “social networking” combined with
multiple USA-operated so-called “human rights groups” and falsely
labeled, so-called “NGOs” (Non-governmental Organizations) plus a
small CORE of Fascist Ukrainians, known as the so-called “Brotherhood,”
composed of 300 people (BBC, December 1, 2013) to be the public
face and organize the demonstrations. The NATO-backed and USA-directed
leadership is using mounting provocations, complete with the throwing
of huge rocks and government building “occupations” (sound familiar?) to try to
inflame public opinion against the Ukrainian government and against the Russian
Federation. Many of these demonstrators are indubitably related directly or
indirectly to those who supported the NAZIS when they invaded USSR
in 1940! Note that “the Brotherhood” never reveals to the masses, whom it has
managed to manipulate to demonstrate against the Ukrainian government and the
Russian Federation, that joining the EU means accepting “Save the Euro”
impoverishment, while there is more money in Europe today and in
the USA today than ever before in all history! “The so-called
“Brotherhood” lies through omission by failing to inform its manipulated
followers that there is enough money in both the USA and in Europe
for each and every person to live like a millionaire this very moment with no
exception and with no exaggeration! Socialism succeeds when capitalism is first
overthrown in its center the USA!

Yet the USA
and the EU are able to wage economic war of extermination against
their own people, innocent civilians, which they term Enforced Social
Darwinism, simply because there is no more Communist Party or
Communist Movement in the USA or Europe, because of
Stalin who deliberately sabotaged the International Working Class and because
of the 1988 Surrender of the USSR by Gorbachev to the
threat of a nuclear war, which is deliberately, falsely and repeatedly
labeled a “Soviet Collapse” in a textbook example of the BIG LIE!
We need to get rid of capitalism! An idea whose time has come!
Ninety-five percent of New Yorkers and the overwhelming majority of Americans
already agree that we need a new system based on human need not private profit!
That is actually a Communist response but the masses do not understand that due
to systematic brainwashing by the capitalist dictatorship from earliest
childhood against the word and any understanding of Socialism and Communism. So
we have an organizational problem primarily, but also a deprogramming problem
very similar to the Scientology, Moonie, Jesus Freaks, or Hari Krishna Cults.
In this case it involves deprogramming the masses from the Cult of
Capitalism and its false beliefs. Capitalism is destroying the planet
with the Fossil Fuels Global Warming Runaway Greenhouse Effect! The only way to
end the use of fossil fuels as an energy source is by abolishing capitalism.
Tidal Lagoon Plants (Not Tidal Turbines) have already been built and are 3-4
times as efficient as nuclear plants!

The takeover ideas behind
the USA-led Fascist “Brotherhood” organization in the Ukraine are
very similar to those of the “Islamic Brotherhood,” which the USA
also controlled and tried to impose on Egypt and Tunisia except that it is not
Islamic. The Ukrainian “Brotherhood” organization is a Fascist grouping.
Fascists are the most FANATICAL defenders of private capital! The
Brotherhood” is an attempt to revive the loosely organized, reformist,
Christian “Brotherhood” organizations, which never totaled more than 100
individuals, of the middle and late Nineteenth Century in the Ukraine who
opposed the Czar and called for social justice and full autonomy for all
peoples of the Czarist Empire! That sort of sounds like a 21st
Century re-write to fit the USA-led world capitalist strategy of
Divide and Conquer! The USA ultimate objective obviously is to
overthrow the Russian Federation and install a Pro-Khodorkovskyite, USA-Puppet
government there. The USA wants eventually to gain direct control
of the natural resources of all 9 (nine) time zones of the Russian Federation.
Note that the economic-political-social dynamic or development sequence (or
dialectic) of capitalism is the driving force for all of these USA-EU-NATO
coup/takeover attempts! Although Obama & the USA dictatorship’s
“Congress“ are individual Fascists—the most fanatical defenders of private
capital—we do not yet have Fascism. The USA dictatorship of millionaires and
billionaires is a hard dictatorship of capitalism short of Fascism known as Rule
by Decree, a form of Bonapartism, and is expressed as a bureaucratic,
military police state, which is hardening by the day! The USA capitalist
dictatorship has lost all legitimacy to rule and all right to sovereignty in

William H. Depperman, Coordinator United Front
Against Racism and Capitalism-Imperialism New York, N.Y. 10003 December 5,