There Was No “Invasion” of Crimea

RT

Ukraine’s statement at the UN that ‘16,000 Russian soldiers had been deployed’ across Crimea sparked a MSM feeding frenzy that steadfastly ignored any hard facts that got in their way.

Especially unwelcome is the fact that the so-called ‘invasion
force’ has been there for 15 years already.

The media many trust described in hysterical tones how the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea was under a full-scale Russian
invasion with headlines like: “Ukraine says Russia sent
16,000 troops to Crimea”
, “Ukraine crisis deepens as
Russia sends more troops into Crimea,”
as well as “What
can Obama do about Russia’s invasion of Crimea?”
.

Facts, and ardent statements by top Russian diplomats were
totally ignored by the western ‘war press’.

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin pointed to the longstanding
25,000 troop allowance while FM Sergey Lavrov stressed the
Russian military “strictly executes the agreements which
stipulate the Russian fleet’s presence in Ukraine, and follows
the stance and claims coming from the legitimate authority in
Ukraine and in this case the legitimate authority of the
Autonomous Republic Crimea as well.”

So here they are, the facts:

1) A Russian naval presence in Crimea
dates to 1783 when the port city of Sevastopol
was founded by Russian Prince Grigory Potemkin. Crimea was part
of Russia until Nikita Khruschev gave it to Ukraine in 1954.

2) In 1997, amid the wreckage of the USSR,
Russia & Ukraine signed a Partition Treaty determining the
fate of the military bases and vessels in Crimea. The deal
sparked widespread officer ‘defections’ to Russia and
was ratified by the Russian & Ukrainian parliaments in 1999.
Russia received 81.7 percent of the fleet’s ships after paying
the Ukrainian government US$526.5 million.

3) The deal allowed the Russian Black Sea Fleet
to stay in Crimea until 2017. This was extended
by another 25 years to 2042 with a 5-year extension option in
2010.

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*NOTE*: I am not PRO Russia, I am PRO Truth! And I do not like it when the powers that be attempt to mislead the public on false/omitted information

LewRockwell.com

If the US/EU backed overthrow of the Ukrainian government last month had a face, that face would be Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). McCain is the “Energizer Bunny” of US interventionism: wherever there is a government to subvert, a regime to change, chaos to foment, there you will find McCain in its midst.

He snuck into Syria to highlight the dominance of moderates that the US should support. But the world is now interconnected and soon it was known that McCain’s moderates in Syria were in fact radicals and kidnappers. He snuck into Libya to receive an award from the military the same day Sharia law was approved.

But these are small potatoes. Russia has always been the prize for McCain. His International Republican Institute (IRI), a Cold War relic funded by US taxpayers, routinely funded subversive NGOs in Russia to undermine the political system.

From the early days of the protests in Ukraine, McCain was there, in Maidan square, meeting with and encouraging those whose intent was a violent overthrow of a democratically elected government. The ends justifies the means, and McCain supped with a number of unsavorycharacters to supercharge his plans.

Now that the US-sponsored regime change is complete in Ukraine, McCain has his biggest thrill: unlike the small and weak other countries that his IRI had picked on, Russia has not rolled over.

A nuclear armed Russia facing off with a nuclear armed US would lead most normal people to search for alternatives to possible total annihilation. Not McCain. He wants a military option.

Asked by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell about options for a US attack on Russia, McCain said, “I’d love to tell you that there is Andrea, but frankly I do not see it. I wish that there were. … I do not see a military option and it’s tragic.”

These are America’s leaders in perhaps the most dangerous period in a half century. Do you feel safe?

Economist Warns of Collapse Risk: “Will Not Allow Life to Continue As We Know It”

SHTF PLAN

Earlier this week we noted that an invasion of the Ukraine by Vladimir Putin would likely lead to a complete destruction of U.S. stock markets. It’s not so much the invasion force itself, but rather, the economic maneuvers that would come with it should Russia take this course of action.

Well known economist and founder of the Shadow Stats web site John Williams seems to agree. If Russia were to begin unloading US Dollars it would almost instantly lead to a collapse of not only our financial markets, but our entire way of life. And while Russia alone may not have the economic power to single-handedly crush the U.S. economy, if their trading partners and allies like China got into the mix, coupled with front-running investors who may suspect the move is about to happen, it could well be a blood bath on a global scale.

This wouldn’t even be an issue if the U.S. economy were operating at healthy levels, but as Williams notes in the following interview with Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog, it’s anything but:

What you have to keep in mind is that back in 2008 we had one of the greatest financial crises the United States ever faced. The system was on the brink of collapse at that point in time. 

What the Fed and the federal government did was spend every penny they could, anything they could create or anything they could guarantee.  They did everything they could possibly do to keep the system from crashing.  They guaranteed all bank accounts.  So, they saved the system, but now what they did has not borne fruit.  We have not seen an economic recovery.  We have not seen a return of health to the banking system.

So, the system is very vulnerable; and if the Russians carry through with their threat, you have, indeed, the risk of it collapsing the system.

It does have the effect of creating a hyperinflation, which I think it would.  It’s the type of circumstance that will not allow life to continue as we know it because the U.S. is not able to handle hyperinflation.

We’re not structured for it.  Zimbabwe had one of the worst hyperinflations that anyone has ever seen.  They were still able to function for a while because they get paid in a rapidly depreciating currency.

It was so rapid it became like toilet paper overnight… they would go to a black market and exchange it for dollars.  We (the U.S.) don’t have a black market to escape from our dollars.  Gold is probably the closest thing to that.  Gold will tend to rally here as the dollar sells off, barring very heavy intervention by the central banks which you may see.

The fundamentals will eventually dominate, and you will see a very weak dollar and very strong gold coming out of this.

As it stands now, even without Russia and China, our economic system is, once again, on the cusp of a serious deleveraging. John Williams highlights that January retail sales, a leading indicator of economic health, gave the strongest signal since September 2007 that a recession is looming, if not already here.

One huge indicator of this is that Staples, a leading supplier of office supplies nationwide, is shutting the doors on 225 stores. And, they aren’t the only ones getting hammered by a pullback in consumer spending. The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, saw sales drop over 20% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2013.

And as trend forecaster Gerald Celente once noted, “as goes Walmart, so goes America.”

So, in reality, Russia can probably sit back and watch the U.S. economy slip into a coma over the next couple of years. Of course, if their intention is to return their nation to super power status, an attack on the US economy by dumping the dollar would speed up the process and amplify the fall-out, causing a multi-generational depression.

Last year Barack Obama faced off with Russia over Syria, a situation that could easily have led to a much wider conflict.

Now, the same players have taken the game to Ukraine.

In both instances we’ve heard warnings of a potential collapse of our economic system in the event of an escalation.

The point is that it really doesn’t matter if it’s Syria, Ukraine, Iran or some other periphery conflict.

It should be clear that eventually this is exactly how it’s going to play out with respect to the US dollar.

China and Russia will make their move when they are good and ready.

When that day comes the implosion will be so fast that most Americans won’t even realize what has happened or know how to cope.

Russia warns sanctions over Ukraine would ‘hit US like boomerang’

Fox News

Russia warned the United States on Friday that any sanctions imposed on Moscow over its response to the crisis in Ukraine would “boomerang” back on the United States, as U.S. officials continued to explore ways to resolve the standoff diplomatically.

In a telephone conversation with Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that U.S. sanctions could “backfire” and urged the U.S. not to take “hasty, poorly thought-out steps that could harm Russian-U.S. relations,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. 

“Sanctions…would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang,” the statement added, according to a Reuters report.

Heavier U.S. and European Union sanctions could sting Russia’s already slow-growing economy and hurt its financial sector. But Moscow could retaliate and seize American and other foreign assets or cut exports of natural gas to Europe, which is heavily dependent on Russia for energy.

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