A close relationship between Moscow and Europe would remove the rationale for America’s military role in NATO and thereby its political influence in Europe.MCS: Doomed US targets China, Russia
The US is prepared to plunge Europe into a war with Russia in order for Washington to preserve its hegemony over the transatlantic axis.
The key issues are the prevention of Russia and Europe developing closer trade and political ties – stemming primarily from a vast trade in energy fuels; and, secondly, the survival of the American dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
So vital are these issues for continued American hegemony that Washington is prepared to sacrifice millions of lives in a war between Russia and its so-called transatlantic European “ally”.
...The reality is that Washington has done everything to escalate this conflict, in particular between Russia and Europe, for its own selfish strategic interests. That includes, if deemed necessary by the pyromaniacs in Washington, the ignition of all-out war in Europe.
Robert Parry: Prepping for a Ukrainian Massacre
Global Research: Does Washington want War with Russia?
In the last 48 hours, the Pentagon has announced the deployment of US paratrooper units to Poland and the three former Baltic republics of the Soviet Union—Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—bringing US troops to Russia’s very border. Another American warship has been dispatched to the Black Sea and more US forces are slated to deploy to Ukraine itself this summer under an exercise known as Operation Rapid Trident.In a series of wars with Third-World nations deploying primitive weapons, the United States has come off as an incompetent military power able to win, if at all, only by means of a long drawn out campaign of human and physical destruction achieved by the application of massive, more or less aimless, violence.
A war with Russia offers an opportunity to change that perception. Russia has an advanced military industrial complex that is intended to match that of the United States. Against Russia, the US would thus confront forces that its own military understands well and has been specifically designed to combat.
If America's ten-fold superiority in military spending gives it any kind of an edge over the Russians, a war with Russia could, therefore, be over in days or weeks, restoring to America the credibility as an imperial power that it presently so lacks.
Sky News: Gazprom Turns Up Heat On Kiev With $11bn Bill
Zero Hedge: Putin Says "Use Of Force In Ukraine Will Have Consequences" As Column Of Military Vehicles Seen Heading Toward Border
Zero Hedge: Desperate Ukraine Pleads: "Red Line Has Already Been Crossed"
Zero Hedge: Russia "Forced" To Launch Drill On Ukraine Border In Response To "NATO Build Up", Will Involve Fighter Jets
RINF: The US Plan for the Ukraine – a hypothesis
... Bottom line – the freaks in power in Kiev and the USA *know* that the eastern Ukraine is lost for them, and the purpose of the imminent attack is not to “win” against the Russian-speaking rebels or, even less so, to “win” against the Russian military, it is to trigger enough violence to force Russia to intervene. In other words, since the East is lost anyways, it is much better to lose it to the “invading Russian hordes” than to lose it to the local civilian population.AntiWar.com: US Promises Support for Ukraine Junta's Asssault on East Ukraine
So the purpose of the next attack will not be to win, but to lose. That the Ukrainian military can still do. ...
RT: Ukraine coal miners on strike, refuse to pay Kiev coup damages bill
ABCNews: Amid Russia Warning, Ukraine Is in a Security Bind
Daily Mail: Ukraine Special forces shoot dead five pro-Moscow militants
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2611946/Obama-issues-stark-warning-Russia-new-economic-sanctions-teed-unrest-continues-grow-Ukraine.html#ixzz2zondluPT Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Global Research: Shale Gas Fracking and America’s Proxy War against Russia: Joe Biden Promotes Fracking On Ukraine Trip
Justin Raimondo: Why we needed regime change in Kyiv
RT: Putin advocates single cultural space within Russian borders
This is why Russia must be smashed. We cannot have a global empire if every country strives to maintain its ethnic and cultural distinctness. Ethnic and cultural unity underlie the power of the nation state and its resistance to an international plutocracy that seeks to impose a global governance via unelected institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, the UN, Nato, the EU, the World Trade Organization, all of which are susceptible to influence by the money power.
Zero Hedge: Russia May Halt Oil Supplies On Ukraine Theft
Zero Hedge: Putin Gets Paid? IMF Agrees $17bn Loan To Ukraine
Washington's Blog: The REAL Reasons We’re Drifting Towards World War III
WUFYS: Welcome to Nulandistan
RT: Kiev must immediately deescalate east Ukraine crisis, call back troops - Moscow
The Daily Beast: Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say
Europe acquiesced in occupation by the US after WWII out of fear of invasion and occupation by the Soviet Union. Today, Europe does not fear post-Communist Russia. In fact many Europeans respect Russia's determination to survive as a nation state by reversing a population implosion while preventing mass immigration from the Third World.
The United States occupation of Europe can only be maintained by creating a new division between East and West. Germany, apparently, is not on board. Neither, as the up-coming European elections will prove, are huge numbers of other Europeans who want governments committed to national survival not the New-Wold-Order-mandated self-genocide through the promotion of non-reproductive sex, mass immigration and multiculturalism.
Moreover, Russia is the EU's third largest single-nation trade partner and there is scope for massive expansion in that partnership. Given the choice, Europe will opt for more trade not more war. But first they have to get the deadly dangerous US Empire off their backs. To that end, German collaboration with Russia in the mutual enhancement of military capability makes good sense.
Bloomberg: Tightwad USA: Ukraine’s Unpaid Russian Gas Bills Dwarf U.S. Aid Offer
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian leaders this week that the U.S. would provide help so that “Russia can no longer use energy as a weapon.” Biden announced $50 million in aid, an unspecified part of which would go to develop the country’s gas reserves, explore alternative energy and improve efficiency.LOL. At $220 million, even Canada gave Ukraine more than four times as much as the tightwad USA — and that was only a gimmick to buy the Ukrainian-Canadian vote in next year's Federal election. Still, if it comes to killing Russians, the United States of Aggression will no doubt be much, much more generous.
Zero Hedge: Russia Warns West "Remove Forces"; Begins Military Exercise On Ukraine Border
ITAR TASS: Washington uses Ukraine as pawn in its big geopolitical game
UTube: US State Department Proof of Russian Involvement in East Ukraine Protest Movement
NEO: Does the CIA plan a Syrian style terror war in Ukraine?
... The mutinies among the security forces in the East must have rattled Kiev, even though they should have expected it. After all, it is a majority-Russian region. We next heard Right Sector’s Dimitry Yarosh is calling up his “army” to get ready to purify the East. Then President Turchinov strangely claimed he is deploying a reservist regiment of 350 to begin operations. Where, I ask, are the regular army units? Interim Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov, has announced the creation of special Interior ministry units based on “civilian components” all across Ukraine, in order to tackle separatist moods. On his Facebook page Avakov says Kiev is ready “to attract” 12,000 into the new force that will be given arms, equipment and supervision, and he further claims that East Ukraine will get the first taste of this unit. Does that sound like he is deploying Army units to you? Are these 12,000 Yarosh’s Right Sector thugs, or another group in addition to them? Did Brennan promise to fly in some of the CIA terror proxies they have stashed all over, like the Chechens who would be close by, and a sure bet for baiting the Russians? ...Andrew Gavin Marshall: The West Marches East, Part 1: The U.S.-NATO Strategy to Isolate Russia
RT: Lavrov: Kiev issued 'criminal order' allowing use of weapons against civilians
Patrick Buchanan: Nationalism Not NATO Brought Down The Soviet Empire: Let The People Resolve The Ukrainian Borders, Too
While Putin may want the Russians of Ukraine and Belarus back inside a Greater Russia, does anyone think he wants Rumanians, Bulgarians, Poles, Hungarians, Czechs or Slovaks back under Moscow’s rule?News 1130: Canadian diplomat expelled from Russia as Tension Rises Over Ukraine
Putin knows that his own popularity, near 80 percent, is due directly to his being seen as a nationalist willing to stand up to the Americans and their claim to be sole architects of the New World Order.
...If we can view with diffidence the drive by Scotland to secede from England, Catalonia to secede from Spain, Venice to secede from Italy, and Flanders to secede from Belgium, why would the secession of the Donbass from Ukraine be a problem for us, if done democratically?
So far, all comments on this story are critical of the Harper regime's crass Russophobia.
Robert Parry: The lies of the warmongering New York Times
Kevin MacDonald: Breaking up Ukraine along ethnic lines
...Ukraine had a reasonably functioning multiethnic state until the American attempts to destabilize it by supporting one side against the other. A multiethnic state could work especially, as in this case, when the peoples are closely related and the ethnic fault lines are deemphasized .... But the recent overthrow of the government by the non-Russian population makes the ethnic fault lines clear and also conflicts with the legitimate interests of Russia in territory that has been part of Russia since Catherine the Great...Jason Ditz: Russia FM: Ukraine Crudely Violating Geneva Deal
Ron Maxwell: Not a Munich Moment
Reuters: Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender
John Helmer: Putin warns of US navy threat
Eric Margolis: AMATEUR HOUR IN UKRAINE