Protests continue in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev, with the occasional clash with riot police leaving a handful of protesters injured. Though the incidents are well short of the crackdowns on dissent in US-allied nations like Bahrain, the Obama Administration is threatening to impose sanctions.
That was the message from the State Department today, while Senators continue to debate the possibility of visa bans for top Ukrainian officials. Administration officials have also said they won’t rule out such bans.
Protesters who seek closer ties with the European Union have been protesting for months against the government, which is close to Russia and has been keeping its distance from the EU.
Nominally the government has banned protests in central Kiev after some initial violence, but in practice the protesters never left, and officials say there are no plans to force them to do so. The State Department’s comments may simply be designed to warn off any incidents, but with the US cheerfully backing the Egyptian junta and the Bahraini government in brutal crackdowns on protests, the double-standard is particularly stark, and particularly embarrassing.
7 thoughts on “State Dept: Sanctions Against Ukraine ‘On the Table’”
I thought the United States government believed in democracy and the rule of law. These protesters want undemocratic change and are using violence to attack the the riot police who have behaved in a very restrained manner for riot police. I was obviously wrong about the United States government.
The rule of law is only applied to countries that the US wants to impose sanctions on.
Double standard indeed? The US Government sets it´s standard, and it is set on the dark side.
Since when is Amerika the boss of planet earth? I bet there is plenty of Detroit's money aiding the US led GMOs there..
Whatever, a second identical colour revolution failed and rolled back. Russia takes Ukraine under it´s wings and the future with Russia, China BRICS and the rest of the free world is going to be just fine.
USA and team €USSR/Titanic got their and Soros´s wh*res in Ukraine but only enough to gather a small lazy fat-cat mob of brats every once in a blue moon and every honest hard working Ukrainian despise them and their sponsors.
The US and EU are unhappy that their plan to colonize the Ukraine didn't fly.
What gives America the right to stick its nose in the Ukraine?
When, oh when, is Putin going to get around to imposing sanctions on Mexico for all those Mexican drug cartels???
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