While John Kerry runs around Munich proclaiming that Europe is still in sheep mode, firmly under the thumb of America’s neo-con war machine, Europeans are starting to wake up to the fact that America is pushing Europe into a war of annihilation with Russia, while Obama, Kerry, and Nuland will comfortably watch from 10,000 miles away on the distant island of the United States of America.
Following current French President Francois Hollande’s call for greater autonomy in Eastern Ukraine, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in support of Russia and against the US’s plan to drive Europe towards WW3.
“We are part of a common civilization with Russia,” said Sarkozy, speaking on Saturday at the congress of the Union for a Popular Movement Party (UMP), which the former president heads.
“The interests of the Americans with the Russians are not the interests of Europe and Russia,” he said adding that “we do not want the revival of a Cold War between Europe and Russia.”
“Crimea has chosen Russia, and we cannot blame it [for doing so],” he said pointing out that “we must find the means to create a peacekeeping force to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine.”
Crimea cannot be blamed for seceding from Ukraine – a country in turmoil – and choosing to join Russia, said former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. He also added that Ukraine “is not destined to join the EU.”
Concerning Kiev’s hopes of joining the EU in the near future Sarkozy voiced the same position as had been previously expressed by some EU leaders. “It is not destined to join the EU,” he said. “Ukraine must preserve its role as a bridge between Europe and Russia.”
While the West has been criticizing Russia’s stance on Crimea, the Russian Foreign Minister said on Saturday that the peninsula’s residents had the right to “self-determination” citing the March referendum. He gave the example of Kosovo, which despite not holding a referendum, was allowed to leave Serbia and create its own state.
“In Crimea what happened complies with the UN Charter on self-determination,” Lavrov said during his speech at the Munich security conference. “The UN Charter has several principles, and the right of a nation for self-determination has a key position.”
In March 2014 over 96 percent of Crimea’s residents, the majority of whom are ethnic Russians, voted to secede from Ukraine and reunify with the Russian Federation.
Crimea’s choice to join Russia was triggered by a US lead coup in Ukraine, that overthrew a democratically elected government. The new, US backed government in Kiev, led by neo-nazi forces, ordered that rights of Russian citizens be downgraded, officially referring to ethnic Russians as “sub-humans.”
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