Comments on: Crimea: Too small to matter http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:47:54 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Whitey2002 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2129 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:48:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2129 Canada voted to become part of the US in 1949 but the British put a stop to it by threatening to withhold shipments of crumpets and tea to the US.

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By: Whitey2002 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2128 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:44:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2128 Crimea is not lost, they are exactly where they want to be, stop interfering with the democratic votes of the people.

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By: wednesdayfan16 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2113 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:59:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2113 “Why have the Crimeans been sacrificed?” You really are deluded, the Crimeans want to be Russian, even the non russian speakers voted to be Russian because it is not as you say a “bankrupt despotism”. The Russians are improving, they are producing, they have natural resources, they even have cutting edge military equipment. What is it that the EU and the US offer exactly. They are the DEBTOR nations, they have NOTHING other than moral posturing. The US is 17 trillion dollars in debt which they can never pay back, WAKE UP ! YOU ARE DREAMING, ITS OVER. You are rapidly heading for second world status. Go down to one of your malls and have a look at all the fat stupid lazy people. Do you think you are the envy of the world?

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By: fgkiyi http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2111 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:26:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2111 Crimea was historically Russian territory. Three quarters of the population of Crimea is Russian people. I will tell you a little, because he was in the thick of things”. First, Sevastopol long just watched the Kiev Bedlam and quietly started to ferment. Such rallies have been a lot, but after the coup, when the Kerch people began to drive Bandera, then careful when tribune of sounded all calls and slogans junta, and then it happened the explosion of consciousness. 23.02 at the rally, which brought together almost half the town and was elected Chaly, then, Sevastopol has announced the recognition of the authorities in Kiev, about their civil disobedience. In the Russian part was the strictest orders not to leave the territory of the parts, the Russian military did NOT intervene, however, as Ukrainian. Revolted by the locals, and then in 2-3 days and the entire Crimea. And self-defence consisted of residents who have made the roadblocks and at Perekop left our Berkuta, but only with consent no army did not intervene! In March there appeared a “friendly people”, but they blocked arsenals! Crimeans themselves defended, all appeared later, but first we have experienced is not easy days, full of threats and tantrums, Chaly guarded the whole city, Kiev stooges of the city was thrown or not pascaline, the opinion of the West none of us were interested in. Will they accept or not accept, that’s their personal problems, they did not understand that in this case was decided by the people living in the Crimea, and anybody does not forced, the said all for itself. They may not believe, but just hypocrites, but the thing is that they are all elected positions, and very soon they will not, people around the world want to live, work, raise children, and not to war over someone’s grievances and ambitions. Crimeans anything someone else’s not pretend, and everybody understands that. Therefore, we do not care about the opinion of all who disagree with us, ask permission and of the Council as we live in his house, we ask them for not going. Don’t you think that they are too many have undertaken? Who are they? No one to call in any way! Let their countries restoring order and learn to live, Russians for many centuries live without their advice, and nothing is lost.

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By: kiers http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2109 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:13:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2109 “Why is keeping Russia out of eastern Ukraine — rather than the swift return of Crimea to Ukraine — not the core of the Paris talks? ”
BECAUSE…you have missed the biggest US geopolitical goal of all…killing off Russias earnings from NATURAL GAS EXPORTS TO EUROPE,perhaps?

Nov. 13th, the same Yanukovich, signed exploration deals with Chevron and Shell, for Ukraine’s VAST SHALE GAS resources which lie untapped. Those deals, requiring $1Bn combined in upfront capital investment by these oil majors REQUIRES an EU FTA to exploit fully. But Yanukovich pulled a fast one at the last minute and denied Chevron and Shell a European FTA instead opting for a Russian FTA (which would mean the returns on that $1bn capex dramatically dropping to ZERO…duh can’t sell gas to the Russians). Enter the neo nazi coup and Yanukovich flees to Russia.

Russia, which already spends at least tens of Billions of $$s in imports, is about to see it’s sole dollar earning export go puff in a cloud of smoke….so it decides to impose “COSTS”…takes Crimea and promises mirror sanctions if heavy stage 3 sanctions are imposed on it hurting all those companies (western) it imports from while extracting costs for cutting off it’s big export market…makes sense from its POV.

But Obama presses ahead, and here we are. You are right it’s NOT about CRIMEA, it’s about EASTERN UKRAINE, and MOLDOVA and Trans-Dnepria (whatever).

Given that there is No way US can back down on Chevron fructifying it’s shale investment. Ergo an invasion of East Ukraine on any pretenses is A GIVEN (you can bet it will happen Russ will not watch it’s lifeline export wither away). It is the ONLY WAY RUSSIA CAN BREAK EVEN and extract cost. We are so close to WW3. Thanks Obama. Thanks Chevron. Couldn’t this have been better thought out?

You have MISSED THE ENTIRE DYNAMICS AT PLAY HERE, Mr Wapshott, that’s dangerous too. You too are doing your bit for WW3

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By: Benny27 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2108 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:53:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2108 Wapshott is a charlatan and a crude propagandist. This is disgusting and has been rightly lambasted by these commentators, many of whom are more intelligent than this rather obvious government tool. Others have already pointed out his fabrications and falsifications, so I am happy to register my discontent at this shambles of an “analysis”

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By: Ratsafrats http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2107 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:35:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2107 Putin has no desire to acquire more of Ukraine other than the Crimean peninsula which he will use as negotiating leverage.
Russia is a “petro state”. And to its west is a very important customer, Europe.
And in between is the corrupt, blood-sucking country Ukraine – one that does not pay its bills and obstructs the flow of Russian/European business.
If Russia militarily consumes Ukraine, they end up owning the mess. Much wiser to sit back and let NATO, the EU and the US, at their expense, rush in to be Ukrainian saviors.
Protecting the “Russian speaking people” in Ukraine has been a ruse from the start.

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By: JWRebel http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2106 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:36:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2106 For a journalist Wapshott is amazingly disengenous about fact and truth. What does he mean when he twice asserts that Crimea and the Crimeans are being sacrificed? The people there speak Russian and have done so for more than two centuries, and don’t trust the USA/EU/Nato-enabled thugs that have usurped the government in the Ukraine. Russia cannot be asked to pull its troops since there have always been troops there and Russia is permitted up to 25,000 troops by treaty. Everything known about the gas in Syria makes it more likely that these are false flag operations by US and Saudi funded Islamic barbarians. What the contravention of international law by the USA in Iraq and Afganistan have to do with this completely confounds me.

Wapshott seems to labour under the delusion that global politics is a game between the USA and the rest of the world, particularly Russia, where everything that doesn’t foster the influence, ownership, and power of one protaganist means the game is not progressing towards a thundering victory.

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By: JWRebel http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2105 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:34:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2105 For a journalist Wapshott is amazingly disengenous about fact and truth. What does he mean when he twice asserts that Crimea and the Crimeans are being sacrificed? The people there speak Russian and have done so for more than two centuries, and don’t trust the USA/EU/Nato-enabled thugs that have usurped the government in the Ukraine. Russia cannot be asked to pull its troops since there have always been troops there and Russia is permitted up to 25,000 troops by treaty. Everything known about the gas in Syria makes it more likely that these are false flag operations by US and Saudi funded Islamic barbarians. What the contravention of international law by the USA in Iraq and Afganistan have to do with this completely confounds me.

Wapshott seems to labour under the delusion that global politics is a game between the USA and the rest of the world, particularly Russia, where everything that doesn’t foster the influence, ownership, and power of one protaganist means the game is not progressing towards a thundering victory.

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By: JWRebel http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/01/crimea-too-small-to-matter/#comment-2104 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:18:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/?p=1244#comment-2104 For a journalist Wapshott is amazingly disengenous about fact and truth. What does he mean when he twice asserts that Crimea and the Crimeans are being sacrificed? The people there speak Russian and have done so for more than two centuries, and don’t trust the USA/EU/Nato-enabled thugs that have usurped the government in the Ukraine. Russia cannot be asked to pull its troops since there have always been troops there and Russia is permitted up to 25,000 troops by treaty. Everything known about the gas in Syria makes it more likely that these are false flag operations by US and Saudi funded Islamic barbarians. What the contravention of international law by the USA in Iraq and Afganistan have to do with this completely confounds me.

Wapshott seems to labour under the delusion that global politics is a game between the USA and the rest of the world, particularly Russia, where everything that doesn’t foster the influence, ownership, and power of one protaganist means the game is not progressing towards a thundering victory.

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