House Intelligence boss Mike Rogers calls for arming junta in Kyiv
March 23, 2014
On Sunday Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Tony Blinken, said Russia is amassing troops on the border ahead of a move to invade Ukraine.
Blinken made his remarks as Obama prepares to travel to Europe and talk with the Group of Eight about further sanctions on Russia after the people of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine. Congress, the Obama administration, and the establishment media in the U.S. characterize the vote as outright annexation by Russia.
“It’s deeply concerning to see the Russian troop buildup on the border,” Blinken told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “It creates the potential for incidents, for instability. It’s likely that what they’re trying to do is intimidate the Ukrainians. It’s possible that they’re preparing to move in.”
Ukraine Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia said war with Russia is becoming more likely by the day. “The Ukraine government is trying to use all the peaceful diplomatic means and diplomatic means to stop Russians but the people are also ready to defend their homeland,” he told ABC News on Sunday.
Blinken said the White House has not ruled out sending military aid to Ukraine. He said the Obama administration would consider “every request that we’re getting from the Ukrainians.”
“We need to send a message to Vladimir Putin through stronger sanctions,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican. “We need him to understand that the sanctions that we put in place could have a significant impact on his economy,” she said.
“It may come to small arms, I’m not ruling that out,” Democrat Senate Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin told CBS when asked about the situation in Ukraine.
Speaking from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Sunday Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine and the United States should send the regime small arms and radio equipment.
Russia entered Georgia in 2008 after the government of Mikheil Saakashvili invaded Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two regions seeking independence. Erosi Kitsmarishvili, Tbilisi’s former ambassador to Moscow, testified Georgia had planned the invasions after consulting with the United States.
Earlier this month, Saakashvili told The Daily Beast Russia may invade Ukraine. “The West should be ready that there might be a war here,” he warned.
Rogers said Putin may also move on the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. He alluded to Hitler and the seizure of Czechoslovakia prior to the invasion of Poland and the start of the Second World War. “The world did that once – and it was a major catastrophe,” Rogers said.
Earlier this month, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton compared Vladimir Putin to Hitler. She mentioned Czechoslovakia.
Russia disputes the claim by Ukraine, the U.S. government and the establishment media that it is amassing troops on the border. Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Anatoly Antonov, said Russia is observing all international agreements on troop limits in areas bordering Ukraine.
“By the way this issue has during the last month been regularly raised in telephone conversations between Russia’s Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu, and his foreign counterparts, including US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and even acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Igor Tenyukh,” Antonov told RT on Sunday.
“Our venues and regions, where troops are stationed near Ukrainian borders, have twice been checked by the Ukrainian military,” he said. “Besides, we have had on our territory inspectors from the US, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.”
After inspections by foreign missions in Russia and Ukraine, it was concluded “Russian Armed Forces are not undertaking any undeclared military activity that would threaten the security of neighboring countries,” Antonov added.
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