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Seriously, what?! Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts'

Published time: March 03, 2014 11:10
Edited time: March 04, 2014 09:06

US Secretary of State John Kerry.(AFP Photo / Nicholas Kamm)

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The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century. But no, he was not speaking about the United States, as one might have thought.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behaviour in the 21st century.”

Kerry has also threatened to isolate Russia economically and politically and warned of potential asset freezes and visa bans, adding to media and political hype that followed Russia authorization of sending a stabilization force in Crimea on official request from the authorities.

“There could be certainly disruption of any of the normal trade routine, there could be business drawback on investment in the country,” he said. “There could even be ultimately asset freezes, visa bans.”

Although Kerry was never challenged by the interviewer to comment in terms of that statement on Washington’s own constant threats to use force and military invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan, those who watched the interview immediately smelled the hypocrisy.

“Since when does the United States government genuinely subscribe and defend the concept of sovereignty and territorial integrity? They certainly are not doing that at the moment in Syria,” Marcus Papadopoulos, commentator for ‘Politics First’ told RT. “They certainly did not do that when they attacked Libya. They certainly didn’t do that when they invaded Iraq. They certainly didn’t do that when they attacked Serbia over Kosovo and then later on recognized Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence. The United States government merely pays lip service to sovereignty and territorial integrity, it picks and choses.”

Since the crisis in Ukraine escalated to a point where the lives of the Russian speaking population of Ukraine has become threatened, Kerry’s reaction comes, some believe, as the most ridiculous thus far, taking into account US own history of military actions all over the globe.

Following Russia’s parliament approval of potential deployment, other members of the G8 said they were putting preparations on hold for the planned summit of the group in Sochi on June 4 and 5.

The US also warned Russia that it risks losing its place in the Group of Eight developed countries over the deployment of troops in Crimea.

Canada in the meantime warned of "ongoing negative consequences" for Canada-Russia relations, if Russia pushes forward with military action.

This year Russia holds the presidency in G8 that includes the governments of the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, Russia, USA, France and Japan.

Facts you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil

Crimeans began protesting after the new self-imposed government in Kiev introduced a law abolishing the use of other languages for official documents in Ukraine. More than half the Crimean population are Russian and use only this language for their communication. The residents have announced they are going to hold a referendum on March 30 to determine the fate of the Ukrainian autonomous region.

Feeling a threat from the new central government of questionable legitimacy, a number of regions stood up against it. Thousands of people across eastern and southern Ukraine are flooding the streets of major cities, urging local authorities to disobey Kiev’s orders. The local population is calling the government in Kiev illegitimate and demanding that their local governments refuse to take orders from it.

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J Faltin 02.06.2014 11:19

The US Teletubies
Sorry but im stuck on this image and repeating myself.

Joh n Kerry=Dipsky Sh
Nuland=Po
MCvain=La La
Joe Biden=No No
Yatsenschmuck =Twinkie Winkie

& ; thats the level of their mentality, diplomacy and foreign policy while bleeping sky high on "Nulands Nuts space cakes" with the result of a severe anxiety attack.
I suggest electroconvulsive shock therapy

Let s leave the Ukraine & all its poppulation & resources (Gas) out of the private Monopoly games by these psychopaths.

 

J Faltin 02.06.2014 11:12

Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts'

U NBELIEVEABLE un Farnigan be Lieveable

S omebody please, any US veteran from any of the wars they lied you into visit this joker.

Plea se US vets give this man a piece of your mind.
5 billion dollars to yet another regime change could have gone into care and welfare of US vets.

 

james greer 20.05.2014 18:48

The reason they bury Lawyers and Politicians twenty feet deep is because down deep they are pretty good people.

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