US and EU pressure Russia to scale back troops in Ukraine

By Balitang America Staff, North America Bureau

March 4, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – When Barack Obama became president, he believed that he could reset the US-Russia relationship by establishing some cooperation with the Kremlin.

But today, with the upheaval in Ukraine that has spiraled into a tense dispute between Russia and the West, Obama’s initial success in resetting that relationship is now overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis.

The Washington Post said “the reset has been over for some time, and there is nothing to save.”

The US and many European countries are now demanding that Russia scale back its deployment of troops in Ukraine’s southern region of Crimea.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says any sanctions imposed by the West will backfire, according to a report by the BBC.

Political analysts say that the problem now is that Russia believes that its soldiers are protecting the human rights of Russian speakers in Ukraine.

On the other hand, the US and other European nations believe that Russia is violating international law.

While Putin is blaming the West for allegedly encouraging the so-called unconstitutional coup in Ukraine that ousted Viktor Yanukovych, Obama warns Putin of political and economic sanctions.

“I think that everybody recognizes that although Russia has legitimate interest in what happens in neighboring states, that does not give it the right to use force as a means to exerting influences inside of that state,” President Obama said.

“No, I’m not worried because we’re not going to go to war with Ukraine,” Putin said. “I want you to understand clearly, if we do this it will only be to protect the local people. Let them only dare shoot women and children.”

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  • Delia
    4 March 2014 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    The gay brigade to the rescue, News ALERT Obama is now sending Biden with his shotgun, one shot into the air will scare all of the Pesky Russians back across the border. lol

    • cat_idiot
      5 March 2014 at 3:38 am - Reply

      @Delia, sana ipadala din po nila c Dick Chenney, mahusay din bumaril yun…..and if they wish to declare war against Russia….sana yun mga politicians together with their kids ang maging frontliners

      • Delia
        5 March 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

        Cat Idiot please watch the video , I meant to put under your post . Now you tell me if Obamas troops and brigade can save the USA under this situations.

      • Wil
        5 March 2014 at 1:17 pm - Reply

        @Cat, Amen!

      • dog_idiot
        6 March 2014 at 10:35 pm - Reply

        @cat.. and those gun rights advocates should be the first one to be drafted….

        • cat_idiot
          7 March 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

          Hi dog! where have u been men? anyway, 1 day the NRA itself would be the victim of its own …..

          • cat_idiot
            7 March 2014 at 4:52 pm -

            oh btw… come there’s too many idiots now participating in this argument/discussion?

  • Peter
    4 March 2014 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Obama’s State dept organized and planned the coup on the duly elected President of Ukraine. The main objective is to break Putin to monopolized the Natural Gas supply in Europe. This is an energy war, Obama warns Putin on economic sanction, Putin responded any sanction imposed by the west will backfire.It means Russia has the capability to crash the US Dollar. Today,Putin testfire his ICBM, the message is Putin knew that last month, Obama ordered the investigation on all the nuclear missile Battallion personnel and Putin knew that Obama retired the 7 best combat Generals of US military…I could see danger, war could start anytime, Obama and Kerry might bungle,we are not ready for another war.

  • Delia
    5 March 2014 at 8:16 am - Reply
    • Wil
      5 March 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      @Delia, you don’t know what you’re talking or writing about. President Obama has killed more terrorist via drones than any other President. When Russia invaded Hungry, what did President Eisenhower do? Nothing! When terrorist killed 287 Sailors and Marines in Lebanon, What did President Reagan do? Nothing! When the Russians marched into Georgia, what did President Bush do? Nothing! And you have the nerve to talk about President Obama!?

      • Delia
        5 March 2014 at 4:12 pm - Reply

        @Wll, so whats your point Will , did you want every president to go on rampage in every complex through out the world ? Did you want an ending world war ? I do not understand all that geberish bringing in an out of topic here. Besides , what did i say that i did not know Will. Can you give an specific evidence which one i dont know ?

        • Wil
          5 March 2014 at 4:35 pm - Reply

          V. President Biden didn’t go anywhere, that’s the Sec of State job and his name isn’t Biden. You insinuate that President Obama is gay or will send a bunch of gays to scare the Russians. If that will keep peace then I say do it. Do you even know the history of the Crimea area? Do know that up to the late 1950’s Crimea use to be part of Russia? Do you know that the entire Russian Black Sea fleet is home-ported in Crimea? My point is that NO U.S. President will send American troops into Russia’s back yard to fight a war, nor should they.

          • Delia
            5 March 2014 at 8:17 pm -

            Lol , hmmm who cares about Crimea or Russia they were both Soviets once, but what i do care is America, its broke down to her knees . Are you glad and happy that your president Obama had Murdered more than any President ? You seriously need a medicine or be tied up in straight jacket along with Obama .

            Now , if i can post all the proof about Obama here and proved you what he is , which unfortunately I can not because is not accepted by BA , you need to search it yourself .The burden is on you to find out.

            However, its terribly sad to agree with Russia about Obama . Obama is a child who has no business running a faucet let alone a government. Obama’s incompetence is in using a ghetto threat about a line in the sand. Putin is simply playing Obama for the fool he is. Well , Obama is “tasting the bitter fruits” of his own “poor” performance. The only thing Obama is Working is against the American way of life and the dreams we had for our children.

    • delia_idiot
      6 March 2014 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      you finally came out and revealed yourself… lol

  • Wil
    7 March 2014 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    @Delia … you never addressed the facts I mentioned about our other Presidents sitting around and letting Russia do as they will. The cold hard fact and truth is that The United States never had any power over Russia. I can’t believe that you believe killing a terrorist is considered murder. What would you have the President do, wait until they kill some Americans and then kill them. How stupid is that? Oh wait! I forget that is how your ignorant mind thinks.