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[ Editors Note: Almost every time Putin or Lavrov made a statement it makes me want to call them to say they could have a good retirement career giving US politicians and our State Department Skype night classes in leadership and diplomacy.
When we hear the drivel coming out of the US make-believe leaders, you know some staff puke wrote up some garbage after talking to his handler about what words to put into the boss’s mouth to make him look tough.
But they miss grasping that this is not a child’s game they play, but one where mistakes, and especially bad ones, cause a lot of people to die that did not have to.
In our culture of pretend-a-leadership, this is not even a theoretical occupational hazard as no one expects to be held accountable for anything unless they got caught with a goat somewhere at a Holiday Inn. There is no where near the amount of booing that we should be seeing at political events
Public trust in American government is the lowest on record, yet people act like they are at a TV live game show. Maybe they know something that I don’t…so maybe I am the dummy… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published on July 1, 2014 –
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of hatching a plot to destabilize the whole region through its intervention in Ukraine.
Putin made the remarks over Russia’s foreign policy during a meeting with the diplomatic service, including Russian ambassadors, at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Tuesday.
“Events provoked by the West in Ukraine are a concentrated manifestation of a containment policy against Russia,” Putin warned, dubbing Western sanctions regarding Russia a “policy instrument.”
The Russian president highlighted underlying ethnic and social contradictions in troubled countries, which he said can pave the way for illegitimate regime change.
Putin added that Moscow will do whatever it can to defend ethnic Russians abroad, “including using political, economic, and humanitarian means.”
He also defended Russia’s reintegration request from the Crimean Peninsula.
The Kremlin was not in a position to leave Crimeans alone with “ultra-nationalists and radicals,” Putin noted.
The Russian president further blamed Ukrainian authorities for failing to extend a ceasefire in the country’s east.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “took upon himself the responsibility for unleashing battle actions in Ukraine” and is now liable for the war and deaths in the ongoing crisis, Putin said.
Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking parts in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia activists and the Ukrainian army since the government in Kiev launched military operations in mid-April in a bid to crush the pro-Russia protests.
Violence intensified in May after the Donetsk and Lugansk regions held local referendums, in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine.
Editing: Jim W. Dean