Tuesday, April 01, 2014

RUSSIA - The Bribe From a Puppet

"What’s behind Russia’s spending promises for Crimea" PBS NewsHour 3/31/2014

My answer, it's a bribe.


GWEN IFILL (NewsHour):  Russia sent mixed signals today on Ukraine, following a weekend meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris.  Russia did pull back one battalion from the border region.

However, Kerry said last night he is looking for more than that.

JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State:  Any real progress in Ukraine must include a pullback of the very large Russian force that is currently massing along Ukraine’s borders.  We believe that these forces are creating a climate of fear and intimidation in Ukraine.

GWEN IFILL:  Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Crimea today and promised increased spending on infrastructure and boosts to pensions and salaries.

Joining us to talk about where things stand today is chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner, who just returned from Ukraine.

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