"We have removed all of our heavy weapons from the European part of Russia and put them behind the Urals" and "reduced our Armed Forces by 300,000. We have taken several other steps required by the Adapted Conventional Armed Forces Treaty in Europe (ACAF). But what have we seen in response? Eastern Europe is receiving new weapons, two new military bases are being set up in Romania and in Bulgaria, and there are two new missile launch areas, a radar in Czech republic and missile systems in Poland. And we are asking ourselves the question: what is going on? Russia is disarming unilaterally. But if we disarm unilaterally then we would like to see our partners be willing to do the same thing in Europe. On the contrary, Europe is being pumped full of new weapons systems. And of course we cannot help but be concerned."- Russian President Vladimir Putin
The Obama administration's rationale for supporting the fascist-led coup in Ukraine collapsed on Wednesday when a "hacked" phone call between EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet revealed that the snipers who fired on protestors in Maidan Square in Kiev were not aligned with President Viktor Yanukovych, but with the protest leaders themselves. The significance of the discovery cannot be overstated since the Obama team has used the killing of protestors to justify its support for the new imposter government. This new information could force Obama to withdraw his support for the coup plotters in Kiev, which would derail the administration's plan to remove Russia from the Crimea and expand NATO into Ukraine.
The UK Guardian published an article reporting the basic facts, but there's been no coverage by the New York Times, the Washington Post or any of the major TV News networks. There won't be an investigation because an investigation would reveal the truth, and the truth would undermine Obama's plan to install a puppet regime in Kiev.
The new government has already shown that it is more than willing to do Washington's bidding, that is, to impose austerity measures on the working people of Ukraine, to pay off fatcat bondholders in Berlin and Brussels via more extortionist IMF loans, to extend NATO to Russia's border in contravention of agreements made with Bush the Elder following the fall of the Berlin Wall, and to pursue the crackpot dreams of global hegemony laid out in "The Grand Chessboard" by New World Order fantasist Zbigniew Brzezinski.
Also Russia Today reports that: "The guided missile destroyer, the USS Truxton, is heading to the Black Sea, for what the US military said is a "routine" deployment. So provoking a war with Russia is "routine"?
So we're not dealing with national security, sovereignty or spheres of influence here. What we're really talking about is "access to oil." Not only that, but Brzezinski is being quite blunt in his assertion that "the West", as he calls it, has a legitimate claim to the resources on other people's land.
Putin has audacity to think that the oil beneath Russian soil belongs to Russia. (Michael Hudson)