Ukraine was once the 3rd largest bearer of nuclear weapons in the World, after the U.S. and Russia. This all changed with an agreement to scrap all its nuclear weapons in 1992. By 1996 Ukraine was free from nuclear weapons. Let us not forget that those weapons were notÂ justÂ held in the Ukraine, they were madeÂ in the Ukraine, by Ukrainians. Ipso, the technology is still there.Â Â Ukraine still has fifteen operating nuclear reactors, which contribute half the countryâs electricity. Chernobyl was a mere 60 miles from Kiev.Â When Gorbachov signalled the end of the cold war, the Ukraine had some 1,900 nuclear warheads – stored at the Krasnokamensk military base in the Crimea.
Would any of you like to hazard a guess as to how long it would take ‘American thugs’ to ‘storm’ the ‘British base’ at Lakenheath or Mildenhall, in the event of a rag tag and bobtail group of demonstrators installing a disorganised government in Birmingham composed of neo-communists supported by Moscow? The Americans also have a long-standing agreement, similar in every way to the agreement the Russians had happily been abiding by with their Ukrainian partners, until the fluffy-wuffy EU in the form of Catherine Ashton decided that they would try a bit of expansionist aggression.
Suitably poked, and threatened with finding themselves cut off from access to the black sea and deprived of their military bases in an area which is strongly Russian; Russian speaking, Russian supporting, and mostly Russian fully employed, The Russian population held a referendum and decided that their economic interests were best nurtured by Russia. This isn’t the sort of ‘democratic decision’ that the EU approves of. Ms Ashton and her backers have retired clutching ‘victim’ status. ‘Ooh those evil Russians wouldn’t let us take their toys away from them’ – No! They wouldn’t – and whatever gave you the half-baked idea that they would?
There is a lot of talk recently that Russia has ‘violated the Budapest agreement’ under whichÂ Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom promised each other, reasonably faithfully, but not giving any guarantees, that they would never threaten or use force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine. TheyÂ also pledged that none of them would ever use economic coercion to subordinate Ukraine to their own interest.
That means you, Ms Ashton, offering to give Ukraine 11 billion to bail out their bankrupt country, if they would just join your blasted EU. That means you William Hague, supporting demonstrators against a democratically elected government.
The agreement merely requires that the signatories would ‘consult in the event a situation arises which raises a question concerning these commitments.’
So how are we doing, consulting wise? Â So far we’ve kicked Russia out of the G8 meeting, turning it into the G7; and we’ve stopped a few Russian oligarchs wives from doingÂ theirÂ shoppingÂ in London. Scarcely surprising since we were the first to contravene this non-binding agreement of which the western media only seem to be interested in quoting the bit thatÂ appearsÂ to put Russia in the wrong for ‘using force against the territorial integrity’.Â
How is Russia doing on this obligation to consult? So far they’ve hung onto their bases and their weapons in the loyal Russian speaking Eastern territory of Crimea, and reluctantly, oh so reluctantly, ‘let go’ of the largely unemployed and bankrupt, to say nothing of heavily indebted, Western part of Ukraine. It must have broken Russian hearts, er, I don’t think so. A western part of Ukraine which is full of a ‘suicidal nationalism‘, with far right nationalists and neo Nazi’s jumping for joy at the idea of Â the West now ensuring that they have all the money they want, new Mercedes for everyone, and entry into Britain if they need medical attention.
People do realise that Babi Yar, which is credited as the site of the single most obscene act of holocaust in WW2, some 200,000 Jewish and other ‘vermin’ souls sent up in smoke, is in Kiev, don’t they? That the Banderas, supporters of whom – I’m looking at you Julia Tymoshenko – were responsible for the murder of some 500,000 Polish souls. Somehow, the Banderas escaped trial at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity.
âUkrainian genocideÂ committed against the Poles during World War II surpassed German and Soviet genocide â¦. [It] was marked by the utmost ruthlessness and barbarity, and â¦ up until the present day, it has been denied or, at best, presented with reminders that all is ârelativeâ or other such evasions.â
Yet history is being whitewashed in front of our very eyes.
Yesterday,Â Oleksandr Muzycko, better known by his nom de guerre Sashko Bilyi,Â a prominent Ukrainian ultra-nationalist who played an active part in the recent anti-government demonstrations, was shot dead in Rivne after opening fire at police during an attempt to arrest him.Â Ukrainian Police say Muzychko was sought for organised crime links, hooliganism and for threatening public officials. Last month, in a scene captured on video, he assaulted employees at a prosecutorâs office in Rivne, grabbing one man by his tie and beating him.
So, even the Police, now loyal to the new ‘authorities’ accept that this man was a right-wing thug that they were trying to arrest, yet the western media chose to speculateÂ ‘that Muzychko had been targeted by Russian special forces in a Mossad-style assassination’.
Why is the west so keen to ratchet up fear of the ‘Russian Bear’? Why are we so keen to hand over 11 Billion in order to inherit the responsibility of millions of unemployed agricultural workers, currently ruled over by a bunch of unelected, murderous, right-wing thugs?
Remember the ‘hated’ warmonger George Bush? Gosh how the left were happy to see him deposed from office; how jubilant they were when the fluffy-wuffy Obama arrived on the scene.I’ve just been looking back at some of Bush’s ‘inflammatory speeches.Â
“No longer must all the world serve as a stage for superpower stand-offs.” Â July 30, 1991
“Americans will not support those who seek independence in order to replace a far- off tyranny with a local despotism. They will not aid those who promote a suicidal nationalism based upon ethnic hatred.”Â August 1, 1991Â
Compare that with fluffy-wuffy’s latest effort:
President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russiaâs clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russiaâs obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act.
The United States condemns Russiaâs military intervention into Ukrainian territory.
President Obama made clear that Russiaâs continued violation of Ukraineâs sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russiaâs standing in the international community.
Not a mention of the EU using economic coercion to subordinate Ukraine to their own interests. Not a mention.
Mitt Romney has said that ‘Russia is the US’ principal geopolitical foe’. I wonder if it isn’t the EU that is the US’ principle geopolitical foe – they are the ones who rang the door-bell, and who are now hiding behind Obama’s skirts.
Can anybody explain to me the logic of the EU getting involved in the Ukraine in the first place? It’s looking more and more like what the footballing world would call an ‘own goal’.