Russian officials are apparently sick of hearing US threats of sanctions and demands to forcibly halt protests by ethnic Russians in neighboring Ukraine, and are cutting off high-level communications with the Obama Administration.
Reports out of Moscow say that President Putin has “shut down” all talks with President Obama, and say they are “not interested” in speaking to the mUS again under the current environment of threats and hostility.
Putin and Obama had been speaking regularly on the phone about Ukraine in March and early April, but Putin has not directly spoken to him since April 14, and the Kremlin says that they see no need to do any more talkng.
The Pentagon is reporting the same problem today, saying several calls to Moscow to try to arrange a talk between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Russian DM Sergey Shoygu have been ignored.
Tellingly, the Pentagon spokesman reporting the failed phone call says Hagel “doesn’t have a new message to deliver to Moscow, but wants to reiterate the same one again.”
Moscow, it seems, is sick of hearing that same one.
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Good for Putin!! He's had enough of the bloviating and abuse. A fitting end to communication with an aggressor intent upon dismembering you.
My grandmother used to tell me not to play with kids who told lies all the time. Looks like Putin is just applying some good old fashioned common wisdom. If grandma were alive today, I'm sure she'd also recommend taking some of that multi-billion dollar defense budget and building a woodshed behind the White House.
Let's see here, the US made coup d'état Ukraine and then installed an illegitimate government with Ratso Yats Yatsenyuk as PM. I think that's pretty darn close. The Crimea, which was mostly semi-autonomous anyway, held a referendum and joined back up with Mother Russia. The US/NATO/EU gaggle of posers spits threats and veiled sanctions on Russia. President Erstwhile Obozo waxes belligerent, Veep Apnea Biden waxes menacingly stupid, and America's dynamic duo of hysterical subterfuge can't figure out why Russia would end meaningless "talks" over Ukraine.
What we have here is a mystery wrapped around an enigma tucked neatly inside a conundrum. OR, per usual US idiocy as foreign policy/meddling gone woefully wrong.
On an unrelated note, has everyone pre-ordered their program for the upcoming World War III?
The losing parties in the last elections gain control over all of the government of Ukraine. Republicans and Democrats alike both love this scenario, in case Americans ever try to get rid of them.
Moscow is obviously tired of Obama's threats and they certainly cannot be blamed for that.
You've summed it up well.
Regarding the program for the upcoming WW111 – I am sure the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE winner and his cronies Kerry, Hagel and Co have had this in hand prior to sending Victoria Nuland to Kiev prior to the NAZI junta taking over control.
As a side note, remember back when they were nominated and we were told that both Kerry and Hagel would be different from the predecessors and important forces for change.
As usual, if there's been a change at all, its been in the wrong direction.
When are the interventionist faction of the GOP going to realize that their policies allowed the anexiation of Crimea to Russia? When you play hard and loose with rules of a legal transfer of power; How can you complain when you get outfoxed? McCain was at the Kiev Maiden Protests cheering them on. I don't know to label Vhctoria Nuland' Obama's ambassador, a neoconservative or a liberal interventionist. Aren't the results the same: 'Oh, crap! Things are not going as planned'. What does Ukraine get: Conflict and strife.
Nice werk don…. But how could all this wonderfullness have occurred without the unsung and seldom mentioned star of said event, non-other than Hillarious Hillarie's choice: God Mother of Neoconlandia and U.S. Diplo-Provocateur Extraordinaire, the wife of the Clean Break Nu Pearl Harbor author Kagan, Victoria Nuland, bringing Nulands to Mother Russia…. Applause and kisses all around……. Wonnerful, wonnerful, wonnerful Victoria………. But WHO"S side is she REALLY on…… Hey, we all know…. but It's secreet, Not for the non cognoscenti…………..
Nice werk don…. But how could all this wonnerfullness have occurred without the unsung and seldom mentioned star of said event, non-other than Hillarious Hillarie's choice: God Mother of Neoconlandia and U.S. Diplo-Provocateur Extraordinaire, the wife of the Clean Break Nu Pearl Harbor author Kagan, Victoria Nuland, bringing Nulands to Mother Russia…. Applause and kisses all around……. Wonnerful, wonnerful, wonnerful Victoria………. But WHO"S side is she REALLY on…… Hey, we all know…. but It's secreet, Not for the non cognoscenti…………..
Stop your nonsense politics, stop your attitude by pretending that you are back in 60s and still with Chicago gang of five, simply grow up, this is 2014 and Usg wants to sanction everyone in this world, those days ideas planed by Paul Wolfowitz are over, the new world order is over, the only order is left is for USG to wakeup and realize the truth, people around the world are sick and tired of USG warmongering attitude, being at war with every nation in this world, yet wanting to sanction them too.
The US is beginning to look like a Gulf country monarchy. High ranking officials have their spoused and children working in sensitive jobs worldwide dictating and shaping foreign policy. How the hell does that happen in a democracy and why there is no proper accountability.
Bravo to both Don and Razorsan above. At least a few 'murikan'(?) heads are screwed on right..
Is it just me, or is US foreign policy currently in a free-fall meltdown all over the world?
It IS in the meltdown. From Pacific to Europe, from Africa to Latin America.
Putin clearly speaks his own mind, but Obama merely reiterates the directives of the same neo-con handlers that brought us Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. While I live in DC, it's becoming more clear every year that the real capitol of the US is Tel-Aviv.
Present Ukraine government is illegimate with illegal support from US & their followers. Instead of threats Let the elected government be restored.
Your rulers do not talk, they issue threats, ultimatums and behave as plantation owners in general.
Russia is not Serbia, Libya, Iraq, Pashtunistan, Pakistan or CAR.
True. Russia can fight back. Bullies don't like that.
Interesting watching Putin give the middle finger to Washington and then just doing what Washington has been doing since it's early history. 🙂 LOL.
It appears, the moment may finally be at hand, the Western powers have truly lost their collective minds and are willing to risk nuclear war to achieve their goals for global domination…
"F" Obama's ' peace prize'.
I was wondering how much more threats Putin was going to take before he nips it in the bud.
Boy was I naïve. I hoped that a 2nd term Obama, no longer concerned about reelection, would change course and become the actual peace president that the majority wanted. Instead, he has doubled down on his hawkishness. I'm really sick of these juvenile threats and red lines. Obama, Biden & Kerry are all acting like spoiled brats throwing temper tantrums. Where are you JFK? We need you.
BTW, Razorsan, isn't it telling that Obama has not fired Nuland? Shows you who he's fighting for. And it's not the American people. The whole lot of them make me sick.
Putin has wrongfooted himself yet again! He's letting Obama provoke him. Smart cookie, that Obama!
You must have missed several chapter but the only one being manpulated and the one coming out as a real clown on the international stage is obama. Putin has shown what a great leader he is, for his people at least.
obama is a good speaker, that's it, but he bores everyone with his endless lies, enormous crimes and sick fascism.
Do not waste time on a troll. He is monitoring other sites, and has formulas for all occassions.
The Nobel committee MUST withdraw Obama's peace price. Not only withdraw it, but demand he give it back.
They would not dare. Obama will drone them if they did.
Russia is just the first to cut the American government off. The rest of the world should follow. Chronic liars like the US have little to add to any conversation. American citizens would be doing themselves a favor if they closed the door on their government, too.
It’s really good to see that Putin has some balls and refuses to be intimidated by these deceitful, lying warmongering scumbags. I really think my country (the land of the free) is hell bent on starting WWIII. What happened to the America I grew up in and whose flag I pledged allegence to? Where did my country go? It seems to me that it really does not matter who we are at war with, so long as we are at war. The lies, the propoganda.
My country backs NAZIS in Ukraine. We are supporting what until 2004 was called the Socialist Nationalist Party of Ukraine (wink wink). My government is sick. They support NAZIS. What does that say about our government if they are supporting NAZIS? They spy on Americans. They’re about to impose draconian censorship by killing Net Nutraility.
I was born an American and I will die an American, but I am greatly alarmed and deeply disturbed at the direction my country is going in. This is not the America I grew up in. The sick stench of fascism is blowing in the wind.
It is the shortest off all stories in the world — one word. Money.
I can think of no greater joy than to slam the telephone down on the despots of the United States government. Good for President Putin.
There is no one in the Office of the Secretary of State who is a statesman, who can engage in reasonable discourse with other sovereign heads of State, who places peace above the rattle of the military saber. Instead, the American foreign policy is based on bribing, bullying and bombing other nations as if they are provinces of ancient Rome. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel acts as Obama's appointed Master of the Horse (Magister Equitum) to dictate and administer authoritarian rule over the Russian Federation.
The hubris of these men is like a thick suffocating layer of tyranny that hangs over the people's right to chose their own governance. But like the Roman Empire, they too shall fall and the world will be better off for it.
Putin is right to stop responding to these vile servants of War Street and the City…it is tantamount to casting 'peace before swine…'
Hagel, if we remember, had been cast as the barnyard creature who would stand up to the Israeli piggies on Farmer Orwell's spread…Obama was cast as a reformer…even as a 'Muslim' by some really bizarre Republicans…About Kerry…what can one say? …'W's' death cult lodge brother…
Who will be sanctioning Russia? The G-7? The Chinese economy is far larger (if one ignores the fraudulent measures of paper exchange and it has a far larger population than the entire G-7). They won't be signing on to wretched sanctions. What Belgium or the Netherlands does is of no significance…and Canada? And, Japan?–with a regime owned and operated by TEPCO…eager to get themselves and us into a war with China over some sorry islands so that the muttonheads will forget about Fukushima and the Usurer-destroyed economies of the world….And 'Great Britain?'…the invisible empire…with financial tentacles stretching all over the world…but, what is to fear from a nation headed by a pack of child-molesting fanny spankers? Will Iran follow the sanctions? Will Pakistan or India? The G-7, is too full of themselves…Screw 'em!…
Putin tried diplomacy only to find the US/EU/Ukraine using the opportunity to regroup and attack again. Western press twists his words, invents motives and intent, produces and / or publishes bogus "proofs," and reports USG propaganda as news. Why would any Russian wish to talk with a US Govt. that is so clearly willing to break or unilaterally reinterpret any and all agreements?
It's time for Russia to start some pro-independence NGOs in Puerto Rico.
This would be a good time to offer Snowden permanent residence or even citizenship.
the curtain fell when Putin ditched the dollar for petroleum exports
Putin and Lavrov have been articulating a different paradigm- a multipolar world that based on cooperation, compromise, and solving problems not creating them, and frankly their diplomacy and leadership is something we sorely lack. Go to the Russian President and Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs websites, including the Russian language version which is more up to date and, even if you have to use a free online translator read what Putin and Lavrov and others there are saying. Go to Russia Today, or Ria Novosti, and hear what they are saying, because if you don't our media will keep the information from you and lie. There is logic, clarity and eons more adherence to international law than we are hearing from the neocons, including Kerry who at 70 and as a member of the 1% has completely lost it, or the amazonian 'apparachicks' in the Administration who, having been pampered and protected in the university, lack any clue as to what it means to suffer through a war. It is time to 'just say no' and refuse to follow faux leadership in Washington, whether by the Administration or Congress, or the Democrats or Republicans. Frankly, justice will be served if the U.S. gets its royal ass kicked in Ukraine and Syria and everywhere else it is trying to coerce others to give up their sovereignty and their resources. And its time for Americans to fight back against the oligarchs in this country and demand that they obey the law, and cough up the treasure they've stolen before they go to jail for it. No one who kills, or steals should get away with it, or ever feel safe from prosecution and conviction.
An retired minister of Belgium -Mr.Guy Spitaels- wrote a book 2 years before his dead-about Obama.He was saying that Obama is not a guy full of peace and love.He said that it a person belonging to the party of the war.Now I start to understand that the old Spitaels was right. He is dangerous for the peace.How to stop him ?
Fantastic news! don't talk with the bastards in Washington.
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