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Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea

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By YURAS KARMANAU and DALTON BENNETT

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I would do the same if it happened in mt backyard.

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Again, interesting. Russia ratchets up one notch. And today, in response, the US sent a Missile Cruiser into the Black Sea, with another outside the Straights/

http://news.yahoo.com/us-warship-crosses-bosphorus-towards-black-sea-151729048.html

I am heartened by such news, in a way. Meaning, both the US and Russia are moving cautiously, even methodically, like chess. Y'know, the way international diplomacy should go. Only, the pieces are cruisers and troops.

So this realpolitik gives me hope, because, ruthless as power politics may be, those who practice it artfully, do not often make spasmodic, stupid moves.

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Putin already shown the world to see his real face.

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Russia has an agreement to have 25,000 military personnel in Crimea with Ukraine government for 30 years and has 16,000 right now. Putin is doing what is allowed.

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Putin, wanted to show the world that RUSSIA was a new and kinder nation with the SOCHI Winter Olympics but....sorry, same old crap!! KGB, ruthless blood thirsting!! Oh, but RT is showing that Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela is not so popular and that his Chavista police and army and beating, torturing protesters at random so thanks JT and Spaciba RT, Russia Today!!

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David Quintero Navarro Putin, wanted to show the world that RUSSIA was a new and kinder nation with the SOCHI Winter Olympics

And it was not so ?

sorry, same old crap!! KGB, ruthless blood thirsting!

Sorry Russian is NOT American

Russian - professional warriors

Control under Crimea peninsula without one death

(imagine US troops doing the same job...)

Oh, but RT is showing that Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela is not so popular and that his Chavista police and army and beating, torturing

RT SHOWING something - what the problem ?

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Russia has an agreement to have 25,000 military personnel in Crimea with Ukraine government for 30 years and has 16,000 right now. Putin is doing what is allowed.

That's what makes this so stupid. If it's allowed, then why hide the military insignia?

All these are doing is making a liar out of Putin.

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This is something that has been missed. Do you realize that before the Russian invasion the Ukrainian parliament abolished a 2012 law that allowed Russian to be an official language if more than 10% of a region's population was Russian-speaking? This in effect discriminates against Ukraine's Russian population, reducing them to second class status, which would most likely impoverish many of them. There is widespread discrimination against Russians in other former Soviet republics.

So maybe it isn't simply worries over the Black Sea feet. Maybe Putin is truly concerned about the welfare of Russians in Ukraine.

If this is at the bottom of the invasion, there is a simple solution to the problem. If the Ukrainians want the Russian forces out of Crimea all the Ukrainians have to do is return the law that they repealed. I think that at the point Putin would be forced to satisfied.

If the Ukrainian government (which is full of ultra-rightists and downright fascists) refuses to do this simple thing, there is going to be a mess of the damned if you do, damned if you don't nature.

Suppose there is a consensus by the majority of the Crimeans to join Russia and Putin declares that Crimea is now a part of Russia. Besides the international backlash, Russians in Ukraine would suffer extreme discrimination. On the other hand, if the Russian forces leave Crimea the Ukrainians with make the Crimean Russians suffer extreme discrimination and possibly death.

I think returning that law and guaranteeing the well-being of Russians in Ukraine by the Ukrainian government would offer an elegant closure to the current unhappy state of affairs for all sides.

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Why is America getting involved? We don't have the money for this crap. Let the Europeans handle it.

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David Quintero Navarro Putin, wanted to show the world that RUSSIA was a new and kinder nation with the SOCHI Winter Olympics

And it was not so ?

No, because it completely and totally destroyed and undermined the credibility of Russia and Putin, putting it more bluntly, as of now, all that the Sochi Olympics stood for vaporized after Putin invaded the Ukraine.

sorry, same old crap!! KGB, ruthless blood thirsting!

Sorry Russian is NOT American

That's true, we haven't annexed another country.

Russian - professional warriors

Control under Crimea peninsula without one death

Now we are confusing thuggery with professionalism. By the way, how do we know there weren't any deaths? Before the Olympics, the Russians killed a lot of terrorists up and during the games without reporting a single incident. This is not RT news.

(imagine US troops doing the same job...)

We wouldn't have a reason to do so, so to even come up with that hypothetical is far fetched.

Oh, but RT is showing that Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela is not so popular and that his Chavista police and army and beating, torturing

RT SHOWING something - what the problem ?

What's the problem??? This is the same network that showed a program recently that N. Korea wasn't such a bad country and making seem like, it would be a nice place to visit and the leadership is misunderstood. It's documentaries like that and other RT programs that make you question the entire Jouranlistic integrity of that network. By the way, who owns RT?

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