Despite President Obama's telephone calls to Putin, warnings from Western Europe and Obama of sanctions of visas, economics and trade against Russia, the people of Crimea will go to Russia and vote March 16, according to a late Friday report from CNN.
Valentina Matvienko, speaker of Russia's upper house of Parliament, told the Crimean delegation it would ‘support and welcome’ any decision made by the Crimean people to become a part of Russia.
‘We have no rights to leave our people when there's a threat to them. None of the sanctions will be able to change our attitude,’ Matvienko said in strong and convincing support that this will be the will of the Crimean people.
However, Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk condemned talk of a split and went into Crimea, so all people could understand the Ukraine’s stand.
‘I want to warn separatists and other traitors of the Ukrainian state who are trying to work against Ukraine, any of your decisions taken is unlawful, unconstitutional, and nobody in the civilized world is going to recognize the results of the so-called referendum of the so-called Crimean authorities,’ he said Friday.
Acts of aggression by Cossacks through the posts in Crimea against Ukranian soldiers have been reported but it is difficult to verify due to the difficulty of getting through the various barriers.
During the dark of night on Thursday the Russians scuttled a Russian ship at Lake Donuzlav, an inlet on the western coast of Crimea, that is home to a Ukrainian naval base. Friday morning Ukrainians discovered the entrapment and it was reported as an act of defiance in an attempt that was made to enrage the Ukranian people.
There was an incident with a Bulgarian journalist who was thrown to the ground and a gun put to his head by Russian soldiers, which appeared on surveillance footage and aired on a Ukrainian TV channel, Hromadske TV. He and his colleagues were filming in Simferopol, the regional capital at the time of the incident.
At the bottom of the dispute the money is held hostage. Ukraine has not paid Gazprom, and nothing has been received according to the company’s CEO which was announced Friday on the Russian state news agency Itar-Tass. Shortly after the non-payment of the natural gas announcement the EU provided Ukraine with assistance over the next few years and the Gazprom bill will be paid.
Another act of defiance came from Ukraine by a boycott to the Paralympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi on Friday. To display their feelings toward the invasion into Ukraine, Dmitry Bulatov, Ukrainian minister of sports and youth said that the team voted unanimously to boycott the games and sent only a lone flag carrier.
Obama does not want a military conflict and neither does Europe. It is a game of economics. Europe is the third largest trading partner of Russia and is dependent upon Russia for energy. Both the EU and Obama are looking for exit strategies for Putin to leave Crimea and end a hold on the Ukraine. So far, Putin has not shown any interest.
However, in the late day of Friday Reuters broke the news with a report that Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke on the phone. Lavrov warned against ‘hasty and reckless steps’ that could harm Russian-American relations. Sergei warned Kerry that, ‘Sanctions would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang.’
To find more about the situation in Ukraine see the list below in Author’s suggestions and view the video atop this article of President Obama making a statement on Thursday of the Ukranian situation and the US policy.
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