Crimea Parliament "Accelerates Crisis", Votes To Join Russia

Tyler Durden's picture

While the world is convinced that Putin's Tuesday press conference was an admission of blinking to the west, the reality is anything but that, and hours ago Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in what Reuters said is a "a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula." To be sure, the Crimea - which has an ethnic Russian majority - affiliation to Moscow as opposed to Kiev is well-known, yet still the sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea formally under Moscow's rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to seek ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation. And now all Putin has to do is sit back and say the people have spoken and without spilling a drop of blood has effectively split the country in two parts, with the entire east of Ukraine, where pro-Russian sentiment also runs high - sure to follow Crimea. Just as we said from the very beginning.

From Reuters:

The Crimean parliament voted unanimously "to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation". The vice premier of Crimea, home to Russia's Black Sea military base in Sevastopol, said a referendum on the status would take place on March 16. The announcement, which diplomats said could not have been made without Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval, raised the stakes in the most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War.


Far from seeking a diplomatic way out, Putin appears to have chosen to create facts on the ground before the West can agree on more than token action against him.


EU leaders had been set to warn but not sanction Russia over its military intervention after Moscow rebuffed Western diplomatic efforts to persuade it to pull forces in Crimea, with a population of about 2 million, back to their bases. It was not immediately clear what impact the Crimean moves would have.


European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a Twitter message: "We stand by a united and inclusive #Ukraine."


French President Francois Hollande told reporters on arrival at the summit: "There will be the strongest possible pressure on Russia to begin lowering the tension and in the pressure there is, of course, eventual recourse to sanctions."

To be sure, the new Kiev government - which may or may not have killed its own citizens in order to rise to power while blaming the atrocities on Yanukovich as described yesterday - has responded in kind to how Putin views them, and declared the referendum illegal and opened a criminal investigation against Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Askyonov, who was appointed by the region's parliament last week. The Ukrainian government does not recognise his authority or that of the parliament. Still, it is by now far too late for Kiev to enforce its will in Crimea.

In the meantime, and confirming that Putin has all the cards, EU leaders had been set to warn but not sanction Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine after Moscow rebuffed Western diplomatic efforts to persuade it to pull forces in Crimea back to their bases. According to EU sources the leaders gathered in Brussels delayed the discussion on sanctions to Russia to a new meeting in two weeks. As we stated yesterday, due to stern German industrial lobby objection, Europe will never implement full blown sanctions and at best will stick to some optical wristslap which has no real adverse impact on Russia.

But back to the Crimea, where a parliament official said voters will be asked two questions: should Crimea be part of the Russian Federation and should Crimea return to an earlier constitution (1992) that gave the region more autonomy?

"If there weren't constant threats from the current illegal Ukrainian authorities, maybe we would have taken a different path," deputy parliament speaker Sergei Tsekov told reporters outside the parliament building in Crimea's main city of Simferopol.

"I think there was an annexation of Crimea by Ukraine, if we are going to call things by their name. Because of this mood and feeling we took the decision to join Russia. I think we will feel much more comfortable there."

All the while, Europe is engaged in idiotic meetings and summits, spearheaded by John Kerry, who was quick to point out how constructive the meeting has been. Perhaps it would have been more so if Russia had participated:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov refused to meet his new Ukrainian counterpart or to launch a "contact group" to seek a solution to the crisis at talks in Paris on Wednesday despite arm-twisting by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European colleagues. The two men will meet again in Rome on Thursday.


Tension was high in Crimea after a senior United Nations envoy was surrounded by a pro-Russian crowd, threatened and forced to get back on his plane and leave the country on Wednesday.


The EU summit in Brussels seemed unlikely to adopt more than symbolic measures against Europe's biggest gas supplier, because neither industrial powerhouse Germany nor financial centre Britain is keen to start down that road.


The short, informal EU summit will mostly be dedicated to displaying support for Ukraine's new pro-Western government, represented by Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who will attend even though Kiev is neither an EU member nor a recognised candidate for membership.


After meeting European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Yatseniuk appealed to Russia to respond to mediation efforts.


After a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris on Wednesday, Lavrov refused to talk to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchitsya, whose new government is not recognised by Moscow.


As he left the French Foreign Ministry, Lavrov was asked if he had met his Ukrainian counterpart. "Who is that?" the Russian minister asked.


He stuck to Putin's line - ridiculed by the West - that Moscow does not command the troops without national insignia which have taken control of Crimea, besieging Ukrainian forces, and hence cannot order them back to bases.


Kerry said afterwards he had never expected to get Lavrov and Deshchitsya into the same room right away, but diplomats said France and Germany had tried to achieve that.


Western diplomats said there was still hope that once Lavrov had reported back to Putin, Russia would accept the idea of a "contact group" involving both Moscow and Kiev as well as the United States and European powers to seek a solution.

Keep hoping. In the meantime, with each passing day, Putin consolidates his new territory even as the west dithers, Europe is unable to obtain the bailout loans it has promised Ukraine, and Kerry keeps talking.

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PR Guy's picture



I guess that 'false flag' event is in train then?




Headbanger's picture

Good!  And so should the rest of Western Ukraine and be done with this shit.

clymer's picture

“Another threat, less overt but no less basic, confronts liberal democracy. More directly linked to the impact of technology, it involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled and directed society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific knowhow. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. Under such circumstances, the scientific and technological momentum of the country would not be reversed but would actually feed on the situation it exploits.

… Persisting social crisis, the emergence of a charismatic personality, and the exploitation of mass media to obtain public confidence would be the steppingstones in the piecemeal transformation of the United States into a highly controlled society.”
? Zbigniew Brzezinski

Occident Mortal's picture

How on earth can the West oppose this?


Self determination? Democracy? Non-violent?


Check, check, check. Look at the first paragraph of the UN Charter and the right to self-determination. It's the most supreme legal document on earth, in theory.


Our leadership in the West has been skin crawlingly hypocritical of this whole affair in Ukrain and once again Putin pulls another rabbit out of a hat.

Que John "nobody in the 21st century invades other countries on trumped up charges, what's an Iraq" Kerry, to claim black is white, and that somehow a bloodless and democratic process following the legal rights defined in the UN Charter are somehow an outrage.


Come back George W all is forgiven. This is just embarrassing.

Fractal Parasite's picture

The mouthpieces of the Z empire trumpet free elections and national sovereignty when it's favourable to their puppet-masters, but oppose it aggressively in other cases. To wit:

  • Free election: Saddam Hussein vs opposition.
  • Free election: Muammar al-Gaddafi vs opposition.
  • Free election: Bashar al-Assad vs opposition.
  • Free referendum in Crimea: Russia vs Ukraine.
  • Free referendum in Greece: IMF vs Default.
  • Free referendum in EU member states: IN vs OUT.

Guest what the results would have been.

clymer's picture

shhhh .. don't tell the leftist-lib trendies on reddit. They seem to like forgetting about '7 countries in five years' and clinging to the Obama 'hope' theme.

talk about bitter-clingers..


strannick's picture

Democracy in action. The people have spoken. America will be so happy. Maybe the rest of Eastern Ukraine will do the same.

MarsInScorpio's picture

"spearheaded by the idiot, narcissi, gold-digger John Kerry, who has yet to accomplish anything as Secretary of State except make a fool of himself and allow Putin to achieve one victory after another . . . "


There, fixed it for you.



Anusocracy's picture

As I commented before, Russia should forgive the proportional debt of eastern Ukraine and raise the gas prices on western Ukraine (and Europe).

If the US/EU wants to make a stink, Tit for Tat is the best strategy for Russia.

bobola's picture

In the Kremlin, the Russian keader sits


Giving western leaders headaches & fits


If he traveled to France


Did a hotel rooftop dance


Would folks say "Hey, there's Putin on the Ritz." 

V in PA's picture

Forgive Debt!!! Ohh that's rich! .....Forgive debt..... That'll be cracking me up the rest of the day...... He thought they should forgive debt....... HAHAHA..... Ohhh, just think of it... A Zionist.... FORGIVING debt!!!!....... BWHAHAHAHA......I'm gonna piss my pants....

How the hell do you keep them a slave, when they don't owe you anything?

BaBaBouy's picture


Bitcoin firm CEO found dead in suspected suicide

It appears bitcoin’s recent turmoil has claimed its first life.

Autumn Ratke a 28-year-old American CEO of bitcoin exchange firm First Meta was found dead in her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28.

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Local media are calling it a suicide, but Singapore officials are waiting for toxicology test results. Ratke formerly worked with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech firms on developing digital payment systems.

    "The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke."

- Statement on First Meta website

Ratke’s death brings the number of questionable financial sector deaths this year to eight. On Feb. 18 a 33-year-old JPMorgan finance pro leaped to his death the roof of the JPMorgan’s 30-story Hong Kong office tower.

Li Junjie’s suicide marked the third mysterious death of a JPMorgan banker. So far, there is no other known link between any of the deaths.

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The report is expected within two weeks.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Yes, the suppression and out right denial by the American oligarchs, even some generals who admitted to helping craft the "7 countries in fives years plan", has been pretty astonishing.  They stamped that fire out pretty quickly.  Amazing how close to that Orwellian society we continue to become.

Lux Fiat's picture

Just surfed out to Bloomberg and CNBC front pages.  Nowhere did I see coverage of this story.  Wow. 

graneros's picture

Not seeing it on Fox online either.  Don't know if TV is covering.  Awful big news to be covered by Reuters only.

Rafferty's picture

Yet another example of blowback to the Neocons' machinations.  This will all end up strengthening Russia rather than weakening it.  As usual the country at the center of the petri dish, Ukraine in this instance, will end up devastated.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Its just a variation of the 'Dutch Disease', nothing to worry about.  If your country finds itself with vast precious metals, it will turn out to be a 'mixed' blessing for said country (see South Africa, Boer War, 1899-1902). 

If your country finds itself strategically located, such that natural gas and ICBMS must transit said country, while at the same time providing a crucial buffer zone, it will turn out to be a 'mixed' blessing... see Ukraine 2014.

Dollarmedes's picture

This "accelerates" nothing. Everything will continue to go just as fast as Putin wants, and in the direction he wants.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I sensed the Propaganda War against Putin and Russia starting after the Syrian debacle, and well before Sochi:

> Obama's pro-gay stance wrt Olympics, and his refusal to attend.

> Hollywood and its Nighttime talk-show hosts doing Russia-bashing (Falin, Kimmel, Letterman - all Club members)

> MSM/TV talking heads getting on board

This amounts to what is called "PR Mobbing", or "Mobbing" for short.

This has only intensified during and since Sochi.  Kimmel made part of his nightly routine to do comic Sochi-bashing. (There's a PR moral in there for the rest of us:  If you use the right language and humor, you can tear down anyone in a sustained campaign of slander/mobbing).

AIPAC* and it parent company (Knesset Neocons) could not ask for more, nor could Bibi (NuttyNYahoo).  I will get to this in another post, but I can see how a 'Crisis' in a place like Ukraine (not "the Ukraine") creates a big distraction from mounting problems of International Sanctions against Bibi/Israel for its non-compliance to international will in regards to Palestinians.

  * look up "AZC lobby" and find out about AIPAC's roots as a "Foreign Agent" that refused to register as such with the US Gov in the JFK era., and how it now controls/dominates US Foreign Policy.

Add to this the presence of ex-IDF forces** in Kiev, and the appointment of billionaire Ukrainian oligarchs in Eastern Urkaine, whose roots/heritage 'align' with Bibi's, and you get a rather troubling composite of Too Many 'Coincidences'.  If you're the sort who like to see facts and the world as it IS, not as we wish them to be.


Keep Clarity, stay Focused on the NWO Big Game (Global Full-Spectrum Domination via fiat King Dollar, Lobby groups, PR machines & MSM & NGOs, the MIC & Mercs)

Independent's picture

I was watching the morning crap on TV cause of my wife and they have Hillary on saying Putin is a tough guy with thin skin and I said well at least the is not a weak Hag with Thick skin lol

Anyways then they were yapping on how US intelligence was weak on not knowing Putin's reaction.  So lame, what do you expect when you poke a bear in the eye with your finger.

I hope Odessa and the Eastern Regions go with Russia for an in your face Lurch and Obummer moment.

They were also yapping on how Russia should follow international treaties and laws blah blah blah, are these morons on crack, the whole world has seen the US break the UN charter by invading countries with the you are our slave or you are against us until we make you our slave motto. I would say Putin has made it his point to follow international treaties to the letter as he has shown the hypocrisy of DC

Bindar Dundat's picture

Game, set , match.  

Move along folks , nothing to see here.

Millivanilli's picture

Well, Europe gets Chernobyl along with  the rest of the poor part of the country, and Vlad gets his crown jewel, Crimea and Eastern Ukraine




Well played, obama.   Seriously, how can you not like Putin's skillz.

Independent's picture

Ahh dont get me started again, the PEARL of the Black Sea, Crimeaaaah

here is a Russian girl showing around part of the Peninsula, she has NICE legs sorry for the spoiler :))

therover's picture

I actually think she is NICE period. Doll her up and she is smokin.

Overfed's picture

Don't even need to doll her up. That accent is smokin' hot.

Jreb's picture

Thanks for this. If the west doesn't start WWIII over this it looks like a nice place to go on vacation.... wife and kiddies agree.

Independent's picture

No problem Jreb, if things cool down from Crimea you can go down to Sochi and right next door to Sochi is another Gem called Sukhumi in Abkhazia

Its much smaller than Crimea but still quite lovely, and your money will go very far there.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Or you can go the other way, to Moldova...  Land of Blondes, much like Ukraine.

Independent's picture

I dont know Herd, Moldova does not have the coastline or the majestic mountains you find in Crimea, or the even taller mountains and coastline of Sukhumi and Sochi with their Caucus mts (Taller than the Alps, highest Mt peak in Europe is in the Caucus mountains Mt Elbrus, Russia).  I would pass on Moldova even though the girls are nice, you can find just as nice girls and better scenery in those other places.  Moldova is either flat or rolling hills, definitely no mountains, and like I said it has no coastline :(

The girls are Hot all over Europe.

Jreb's picture

Already married a hot blonde (natural too!). Just looking for some place warm and reasonably priced.

Tracerfan's picture

None of this would have happened if the witch Nuland and her masters hadn't paid and train the neo-Nazis to violently overthrow the elected Ukrainian government.

This was a monumental F*ck-up.

It is likely that pro-EU parties would have won the elections that were set for 2015.  And Russia would not have taken military action in that event.

caustixoid's picture

"Game, set , match.  Move along folks, nothing to see"

Game set and match for who???  The western empire has just swallowed another piece of the Soviet Union.  Mission accomplished!  Everyone see Putin's aggression or genius in the Crimea whereas it is really a defensive move to not lose the whole Ukraine.    Pretty sure Nuland gets a big juicy promotion - maybe a Chair at Harvard.


HardAssets's picture

The anglo-american psychopaths have supported 'democracy' as a tool for manipulation of the public for a long time - with the modern sophisticated version going back to Bernays and WW1. (Rather than a limited central government in a republic of states, which protects individual human rights instead of global empire.)  Its quite inconvenient for them when the vote doesn't turn out as they planned. It seems that human beings aren't always the easily programmed robots that they would like them to be.

SMG's picture

It's the L empire, get it right.

Againstthelie's picture

You didn't mention the topics, where no even referendums or even discussions are allowed, but politics contrary to the majority's opinion is practized:

Germany: lose their Deutschmark, without being asked

ZOGs worldwide: genocide by colord mass immigration

ZOGs worldwide: war's for foreign interests

ZOGs worldwide: destruction of the traditional family

ZOGs worldwide: sexualization of children

ZOGs worldwide: gay marriage

ZOGs worldwide: feminism

ZOGs worldwide: gender mainstreaming

ZOGs worldwide: political "correctness"

ZOGs worldwide: GMO

ZOGs worldwide: supporting NWO

ZOGs worldwide: trillions of money for rescueing the banking cabal

Divided States of America's picture

Hey bro, sorry for late response.

Hit on MY ACCOUNT and type in my entire name under 'Follow this user's comment'.

And go to 2/27/2014 15:03 msg (4485963)

Againstthelie's picture

Emily Goodman, Wendy Kong? I don't get it.

Divided States of America's picture

Oh sorry dude, the message above that one on the list #4485993

matrix2012's picture

I'll have to consult the internet to clarify ZOGs, and just found out the wiki's unwelcome narrative... it's pretty obvious they disdain the term ZOG... lol...

nonetheless they define it pretty well: "ZOG is an antisemitic conspiracy theory that holds that Jews secretly control a given country, while the formal government is a puppet regime" <Thumbs-up>


Zionist Occupation Government or Zionist Occupied Government (abbreviated as ZOG) is an antisemitic conspiracy theory that holds that Jews secretly control a given country, while the formal government is a puppet regime.[1]

The expression is used by antisemitic groups such as white supremacists in the United States[2][3][4][5][6][7] and Europe,[8] ultra-nationalists such as Pamyat in Russia, and various far-right groups, including some in Poland.[9]

The word "Zionist" in "Zionist Occupation Government" should not be confused with the ideology of Zionism, the movement for support of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. As the conspiracy theorists chiefly name countries outside that area, the usage of Zionist in this context is misleading, and intended to portray Jews as conspirators who aim to control the world,[2] as in the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion.[10]

new game's picture

mass programming on all the statist networks have the confirmation bias in full motion.

more confirmation bias on my behalf that we, as a nation, are totally fucked. when the majority can not see what you post to be truths, i really see no fight to fight. so uphill i'm looking to the universe, laying on my back, wishing it was all just a bad dream...

HardAssets's picture

dum vita est spes est

While there's life, there's hope

Againstthelie's picture

A few days ago I had some very frustrated feelings while watching a video about Ukraine and how the ZOGs are spreading their poison and lies and the masses have no clue how they were manipulated against each other. After this video a quite funny advertisement spot with happy people was transmitted. It made me laugh and I noticed how it immediately had raised my mood.

And suddenly I understood: advertisements in this regime work the same way like positive propaganda in dictatorships! We are bombarded 24/7 with shiny happy people being glad and in our subconsciousness it is injected how happy everyone was! Almost every second the TV is switched on, every meter walked on the street: everywhere, 24/7 happy, smiling people. Btw: on the media only. But not in reality.

I can highly recommend to anyone to observe yourself the next time, you see something very frustrating on TV and then observe yourself how a nice advertisement immediately can raise your mood. Not while you analyze it or think about it later, but in the very moment it happens before you begin to analyze it.

The impact on the subconsciousness of this permanent positive propaganda must be HUUUGE. And since it seems not at all politically related to the regime, people will NEVER recognize, that this is a very effective form of propaganda to raise the mood of the masses subconsciously for this regime.

philosophers bone's picture

And that is why ZH and the ZH cynical approach combined with humour is so effective and necessary in order to change minds and, ultimately, effect change. 

How many times do you read a ZH article, realize our situation is completely fucked up, but laugh it off and just resolve yourself that you're going to start to make little changes in your life which may lead to bigger changes when the opportunity arises.

We're all fucked, but at least we can feel OK about it.  Otherwise, we'd be nailgunning ourselves.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Actually, I recommend watching TV from another country, preferably India or China, to see how ineffective their marketing is ON YOU.  But it works in that market.  And then compare and contrast.  Basically, our commercials (in the West) are more subtle, while the Chinese & Indian ones are still very much about noise, flashes of color, catchy themes (if Bollywood is your thing). 

In the West, our commercials instill consumerism, and the idea that a product can produce a 'solution', a state of mind, an upgrade to one's social status, etc.

waterwitch's picture

Does this mean that Chechnya will vote to secede from Russia?

Independent's picture

Chechnya is about as criminal as DC, lets see the Chechans have managed to invade an elementary school that resulted in 300 some odd little kids dead (DC also drones little kids).  They bomb buses, and attack innocent people in movie theatres and hospitals (DC has bombed buses in Serbia with innocent civillians).  When they were left alone and had a chance to make a country they degenerated into their tribal culture and became a criminal base as Kosovo did, and also started to export fundametalist islamic terrorism and attacked Russian states with a terror campaign (1000s of Chechen combatants attacking Dagestan).  Ok so the Russians roll in and put them under check to prevent thousands of Russian civillian deaths.  Tell you what if Chechnya is your next door neighbor in your hood you can let them vote to secede like they did the first time but be prepared for a Chechen islamic terrorist invasion of your house.  They had a chance to be peaceful I would say they got off rather easily by not being bombed to oblivion the second time around.  If you like your Boston Marathons you can keep your Boston Marathons just make sure you don't have any Chechens on vacation there.