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France, Germany warn Russia of 'consequences' if it backs unrest in Ukraine

Threat of more sanctions if Russia backs unrest before Ukraine votes

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 May, 2014, 6:27am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 May, 2014, 6:27am

France and Germany yesterday warned Russia of "consequences" if Moscow continued to sow unrest ahead of Ukraine's presidential election this month, on the eve of sovereignty referendums the West fears will split the country.

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also urged Ukraine's security forces to stop their offensive on rebel-held positions ahead of the planned May 25 election.

The warnings suggest the West may soon move to broaden its sanctions regime to include whole sections of the recession-bound Russian economy.

But the call for the pro-Western government in Kiev to dial back its military action echoes a statement on Wednesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who set that as his condition for backing the election.

"If the internationally recognised presidential elections do not take place on May 25, this would destabilise the country further. France and Germany believe that in this case, appropriate consequences should be drawn," indicating stepped-up sanctions, the two leaders said.

Paris and Berlin said that what they called proportionate force should be used to protect people and buildings as Kiev battles to wrest back control of more than a dozen eastern towns and cities held by pro-Russian insurgents.

But they stressed "the Ukrainian security services should refrain from offensive actions before the election". Paris and Berlin also demanded a "visible withdrawal" of Russian troops from the Ukrainian border.

Putin said on Wednesday the estimated 40,000 servicemen had been pulled back, but Nato said there was no sign of that. Ukraine's interim president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said Kiev was "ready for negotiations" with representatives from the region, but "not terrorists whose mission is to destroy the country".

While the diplomatic pressure on Russia intensified, the situation on the ground remained combustible as the southern city of Mariupol observed a day of mourning for up to 21 people killed in clashes on Friday between Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists.

Meanwhile, preparations were in full swing for the disputed referendums in the two eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, home to 7.3 million of Ukraine's total population of 46 million.

Merkel and Hollande dismissed the referendums as illegal, amid Western fears they will hasten the break-up of Ukraine and could lead to all-out civil war on Europe's fringes.

Voters in today's referendums will first be asked if they support the creation of two independent republics that many see as a prelude to joining Russia.

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richard.barnes.528
With the expansion of Russia via force in the Crimea and the ever closer friendship with Iran and military ties with Syria and Egypt, Russia looks to be rapidly becoming exactly what the Bible says it will become in the end times. Even Turkey a long time western ally has turned more from the west and has turned even more into an Islamic nation. Russia and a number of Arab nations will attack Israel sometime in the tribulation period the Bible speaks about in Ezekiel chapter 38. All of these relationships have grown and come into being in our present day. I wrote a small booklet that talks about some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: ****www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next
Rambo
What hypocrisy. It is the USA not Russia that is stirring up unrest in Ukraine.
richard.barnes.528
What does it gain the US to have the Ukraine in a state of unrest? You could possibly argue that the EU wants the unrest in some way so that the Ukraine will join the EU but it is only a negative in the eyes of the US. So far it has caused our fuel prices to go up in a bad economy which companies find more of a strain right now. With Senatorial elections this year it is not helpful for those wanting to get elected to have this trouble going on. There just in NO up side for the US to be wanting trouble here. Find someone else whom it serves to have this unrest. I will leave it up to you to decide whom else to point the finger at but the US is innocent your accusation in the Ukraine.
 
 
 
 
 

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