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EU Drops Dinner With Putin to Show "Not Business as Usual"

World  (tags: Kiev, Ukraine, Russia, European Union, clashes, Putin, Brussels summit, economic union, trade and cooperation agreement, EC )

- 1698 days ago -
The European Union has cancelled a traditional dinner with President Vladimir Putin at an EU-Russia summit in Brussels on 28 Jan. to show there is no "business as usual" after a tug-of-war with Moscow over Ukraine.


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Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 7:52 am
The EU will use the summit with Russia to talk "honestly and frankly" about problems in the relationship, including raising human rights issues, an EU diplomat said.
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Kit B (276)
Monday January 27, 2014, 8:04 am

This just goes to prove that one can not have a civil discussion with a bully and dictator. Putin longs for the old days and would love to be another Stalin, an iron man. Iron men are feared, not loved, but that in no way bothers Putin, even his stand on gay rights is just more of him exerting power over the people. He is taking the wrong side of history in each of his decisions, gay right, the Ukraine struggle for human rights and his new push for more, bigger and better nuclear weapons. Putin is fully aware and many claim complicit in the "rigged" election in the Ukraine, so it's not likely that he would support any form of human rights. The only human rights Putin acknowledges are his own. Thanks Angelika, and interesting and informative article.

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 8:24 am
..wondering if you get to read/hear the same in your press/MSM ..-?

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 8:29 am
As the article also hints, unfortunately the EU gets about 30% of their energy need from Russia which causes many-though gladly NOT ALL- to mind their words a bit. so far I've not heard what stand is our new foreign Miniter , Steinmeier, taking on issues such as this, as he has been busy with a host of other issues since taking office. My guess is however, that he will oppose Ms Merkel, a known intimate friend of Putin, on this as he has been opposing nearly everything from the conservatives in the past. Interesting times ahead..hopefully!

Kit B (276)
Monday January 27, 2014, 9:54 am

I follow Al Jazeer America. I think I'm getting better news than even BBC America. Most American news is a rewrite of the same 5 stories each day. Al Jazeera America has TV network and a website. Though many think it would be biased, it is the least biased of all news.

Fiona O (561)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:44 am
Was anyone planning to watch Putin?

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:09 pm
Kit, you have a point there, I would agree with that. Luckily, I get BBC world, not US versions, but I've also noticed that for instance, CNN picks up a lot from RT, probably network wired, but often as the first to present precisely RT's coverage. It is usually best choice to directly go to a respective country's website, most have english language online versions.

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 3:11 pm
Betsy, the only ones coming to mind is the NSA.. very likely our own BND as well..who else?

S J (130)
Monday January 27, 2014, 4:57 pm
Betsy I shall invite the KGB to watch Putin. Thanks Angelika.


Jelica R (144)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 10:09 pm
'Highly militarized rioters attempt to start civil war in Ukraine'; Graham Phillips; RT, Jan 23, 2014

Radicals in Riots? 'Euromaidan failed to separate from neo-Nazis'; John Laughland; RT, Jan 21, 2014

RT -- Ukraine unrest timeline

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Jelica R (144)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 10:11 pm
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Jelica R (144)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 10:14 pm

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And who is that democratic peaceful opposition? There is UDAR Party (udar means stroke) led by Vitaly Klitschko; raised and groomed by Angela Merkel and Konrad Adenauer Institute. As a novice in politics he has clean hands but he should be more prudent with his political alliances. Next, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, corrupt to the core, leader of the Fatherland Party, whose Gas Princess Yulia Tymoshenko is in prison after her family got rotten-rich from gas business which she unlawfully pushed during her PM mandate. But, compared with neo-Nazi party "Svoboda" (freedom) led by Oleg Tyagnibok, Fatherland Party looks like a Sunday school. Freedom Party is tied with extreme right parties from EU -- from Greece Golden Dawn and Hungarian Jobbik to National Front in Netherlands ...

BTW have you noticed how fast have some pro-EU protesters changed to paramilitary uniforms, and get armed with batons, knives, molotov cocktails...? Preparations for coup d'etat must have been in high gear for years, inspired and trained by people from NED, OTPOR and liken; but puppet-masters have to go without pretty Yulia and didn't want to socialize with ugly pro-Nazis and hooray for Klitschko - popular ex-boxer without political baggage - to give a human face for a basically undemocratic surge. But, there is a crack in popular image, some very disturbing faces are lurking from backstage and it is increasingly harder to hide them. (Syria, anyone?)

Very distressing news came out from Ukrainian Rabbis a few days ago. Neo-Nazis are hanging around synagogues in Kiev and some other Ukrainian cities, verbally insulting Jews and two Jewish men were physically attacked. For anyone who understands how combustible is Mid- and East Europe, with multi-ethnic states and lots of minorities; which is a norm for any space after many wars, occupations, state alliances and centuries of changing borders; therefore just one spark is needed to start a fire in which everyone gets burned, if not worst; and decades of human efforts to build a better life will be demolished -- to understand this and then watch thugs irresponsibly unleashed to seed terror upon a society where fragile balance demands that every member of that society work relentlessly and prudently, with utmost care for others' needs -- that despair is beyond my vocabulary and ability to discuss it politely. Therefore, I tend to restrict my comments to a few facts and informative links, and an unspoken wish that this will help to shed some light on a specific issue.

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 8:25 pm
Death Follows McCain To The Ukraine As Armenia-Ultimatum to Scr3w Over Russia Fails Again for the EU and the U.S.
by Salviad on February 2, 2014

"It has become obvious that whatís going on in Ukraine is an extension of the cold war as the U.S. and the EU try and peddle a modified version of the Armenia-ultimatum to their people. Sound complicated? Itís not really. Whatís going on in Ukraine is an economic proxy war that has turned sour.

The trade deal that the EU has offered the Ukraine is garbage. To find out how bad it is all we have to do is look at why Armenia ended up telling the EU to shove it when they tried to jam the same deal down their throats.

In September 2013, Armenia called off an Armenia-EU Association Agreement after they found out that the trade deal was not really about easing trade restrictions with the EU but about scr3wing over Russia, and themselves by extension ..."

Several videos... Colbert Report, Democracy Now, RT.

US NGO Uncovered in Ukraine Protests; WILLIAM ENGDAHL | JANUARY 7, 2014

Ukraine and the Rebirth of Fascism in Europe; ERIC DRAITSER | JANUARY 30, 2014
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