Ms. Rice’s remarks came after bloody street protests in Ukraine culminated this weekend in pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to leave the capital of Kiev.
Ms. Rice said that Mr. Yanukovych’s whereabouts are “not known at the present.” She made clear that the Obama administration isn’t mourning his departure from the scene, saying he had lost “enormous legitimacy … by turning on his people, by using violence in the streets against peaceful protesters and by flouting the will of the Ukrainian people.”
She suggested Mr. Yanukovych was out of step with a Ukrainian population that wants to closer ties to Europe, adding that “his decision to turn away from Europe wasn’t the choice of the Ukrainian people.”
“The Ukrainian people expressed themselves peacefully, they were met with violence and that did not end well for Yanukovych,” she said.
She spoke about him in the past tense. While Mr. Yanukovych and his supporters in the Kremlin have described the events in Ukraine as a “coup,” Ms. Rice said the question of whether he must relinquish power is moot.
“He has gone,” she said, adding that he “left Kiev–packed up in an orderly fashion, took his stuff, his furniture with him.”
Mr. Yanukovych, she said, “is not leading at the present.”
Asked whether Russian President Vladimir Putin might see the volatility in Ukraine in a Cold War context–in which East and West battle for influence–Ms. Rice said: “He may, but if he does, that’s a pretty dated perspective that doesn’t reflect where the people of Ukraine are coming from.
“This is not about the U.S. and Russia. This is about whether the people of Ukraine have the opportunity to fulfill their aspirations and be democratic and be part of Europe, which they choose to be.”
The U.S. favors a solution in Kiev in which a “unity government” would assume power following elections that take place in the “near term,” she said.
|In an interview published Feb. 5 by km.ru,
Gen. Leonid Ivashov, the former foreign relations head of the Russian
Ministry of Defense and current president of the Academy of Geopolitical
Studies, issued a sharp warning about the nature of the strategic
crisis unfolding in Ukraine: |
Apparently they [officials of the European Union and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry] have dedicated themselves, and continue to do so, to deeply and thoroughly studying the doctrine of Dr. Goebbels. . . They present everything backwards from reality. It is one of the formulas which Nazi propaganda employed most successfully:
. . . They accuse the party that is defending itself, of aggression. What is happening in Ukraine and Syria is is a project of the West, a new type of war: in both places you see a clear anti-Russian approach, and as is well known, wars today begin with psychological and information warfare operations. . . Kerry and Obama are encouraging in Kiev what they harshly repress in their country. European leaders break up unauthorized demonstrations with hoses, throwing demonstrators in jail, while in the Ukrainian case they do the exact opposite, and on top of that they threaten Russia. Logically, this is part of information warfare.
Say what IT is: OFFICIAL OF THE OBUMMER THUGGERY RICO CRIMINALLY INSANE. 'SENIOR FOREIGN POLICY MAKER', but of course. Where do these so called AMERICANS get their orders to do the SUICIDE trip? RICE YOU IDIOT YOU ARE A SUICIDE OBUMMER.
Obama the Soetoro FRAUD directs a person that appears to have no common sense whatsoever and the U.S. Constitution? Both are Missing In Action in knowing the LAW. Then we can observe the HISTORY isn't other than what is decided in the heads of the criminally and mentally insane. Read TOYNBEE MORONS!!
Uh oh, but then you would not be the criminally insane robotic fools to SUICIDE U$ via the directors of the FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (FRS) SLOBS-BLOB that you're never going to be other than a OBUMMER SUICIDING U$ for them.
Wall Street has got no gold in the broken down EGGHEADS that ran American to this point.
Problem in America, there has not been reality. NO ART HISTORY and NO WORLD HISTORY and therefore all we have are the imbecilic that decide to SUICIDE the United States of America's GREAT CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC.
Do you insane critters actually get into the traps for the insects, once the game has been fully played? All do, or run to another part of the world to hide-out in abject terror for the insane acts of criminally insane beyond redemption.
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