Russia Warns West ‘Remove Forces’; Begins Military Exercise On Ukraine Border – Dutch Fighter Jets Scrambled After Russian Bombers Approached Dutch Airspace

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Russia Warns West “Remove Forces”; Begins Military Exercise On Ukraine Border (ZeroHedge, April 23, 2014):

UPDATE: Dutch fighter jets were scrambled after Russian bombers approached Dutch airspace; the Russian planes turned away

With both sides appearing to have entirely un-de-escalated and the truce deal now a thing of the past (besides a few hundred Dow points), the Russians are speaking up today – and are not happy:

  • RUSSIA IS EXTREMELY SURPRISED BY KIEV AND WASHINGTON’S “DISTORTED” INTERPRETATION OF AGREEMENT REACHED IN GENEVA LAST WEEK ON DE-ESCALATION OF UKRAINE CRISIS – FOREIGN MINISTRY
  • RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS KIEV AND WASHINGTON “CLOSING THEIR EYES” TO PROVOCATIVE ACTIONS BY NATIONALIST FORCES IN UKRAINE

And, on the heels of Turchynov’s official restart of the so-called anti-terrorist operation, Russia is calling on Ukraine to pull back military from Ukraine’s southeast… and rattles its sabre by undertaking a military exercise on the border.

Bloomberg reports,

Russia is surprised by distorted interpretation of Geneva accord from govts of Ukraine, U.S., RIA Novosti reports, citing Russia’s Foreign Ministry.

*RUSSIA CALLS ON UKRAINE TO REMOVE MILITARY FROM SOUTHEAST: RIA

Russia says Ukraine, U.S. closing eyes to provocations by right-wing extremists: RIA

Russia still believes partners are serious about resolving crisis in Ukraine: RIA

and in addition

  • RUSSIAN MILITARY CONDUCTS MILITARY EXERCISE IN ROSTOV REGION, BORDERING UKRAINE – DEFENCE MINISTRY OFFICIAL

All of this sets the scene for an important set of meetings next week…

Russia ready to host EU, Ukraine energy officials in Moscow or consider other cities for talks, Russian Energy Ministry spokeswoman Olga Golant says by phone.

Golant confirms EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger invited Russia to gas talks

Slovakia planning talks on use of gas pipeline in reverse to supply Ukraine on Apr. 28 in Bratislava, Eustream pipeline operator spokesman Vahram Chuguryan says by phone

So to sum it all up:

  1. The truce deal is dead
  2. Russia blames Ukraine/West for breaking deal and misunderstanding it
  3. Ukraine/West blame Russia for not unilaterally pulling back its forces
  4. Russia is warning Ukraine to pullback military from Russia-held southeast Ukraine (“or there will be retaliation”)
  5. Russia is rattling its sabre by military exercises on the Ukraine border (after US sends another warship into the Black Sea)
  6. Against all this tension, gas pipeline talks are set to begin shortly.

Still buying the fucking dip on the back of Ukraine ‘calming down’?

1 thought on “Russia Warns West ‘Remove Forces’; Begins Military Exercise On Ukraine Border – Dutch Fighter Jets Scrambled After Russian Bombers Approached Dutch Airspace

  1. If the US gets into this, they will lose.
    It will be the end for the US as a world power. Our currency is already sinking like a stone, and without better than half the world (including China, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil, most of the emerging economies of South America, Africa, Turkey, Iran, New Zealand and Australia) no longer using the dollar at all……things are not good for the US. They have abused their privilege to the point the world has moved away from them.
    With the advent of electronic currencies in 2010……the dollar, or any world reserve currency is now obsolete. Electronic currencies translate the value of each nation’s currency during any transaction, making conversion to the dollar unnecessary.
    Nobody talks about it, but it has gotten quite popular. It started with the advent of the Sucre by Hugo Chavez for the South American Trade Alliance for those who might be interested in reading about it in Summer of 2010. Russia and China was so impressed with its success, it set up its own trade agreement with each other, using their own currencies, leaving the dollar out.
    The war has been financial and the US is losing….it is about over. If the US persists in this insanity, the rest of the world will turn away from the dollar, too.
    The US needs to bring their troublemakers home, fire them, and start rebuilding its own nation which is crumbling into the dust.

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