Russia Threatens Retaliation To Sanctions, Announces Support For Crimean Referendum

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears Obama's latest "one hour" conversation with Putin has just made things downshift from bad to worse.

Moments ago Russia accused the European Union of taking an "extremely unconstructive position" by freezing talks on easing visa barriers that complicate travel between Russia and the EU over Ukraine.

"Russia will not accept the language of sanctions and threats" and will retaliate if sanctions are imposed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement about agreements reached at an emergency EU summit on Thursday.

And assuring that the imminent Crimean referendum due in just over a week will rapidly deteriorate the current detente was overnight news that Russia's upper house of parliament will support Crimea in its bid to join the Russian Federation, the speaker of the upper house of parliament said Friday. "If the people of Crimea decide to join Russia in the referendum, we, as the upper house, will certainly support this decision," Valentina Matvienko said at a meeting with Vladimir Konstantinov, his counterpart in the Crimean parliament.

WSJ reports that a delegation from the Crimean peninsula were in Moscow to meet parliamentarians who warmly welcomed the guests and signaled their willingness to support the neighboring region.

Shortly thereafter, the western inspectors learned they are not exactly welcome in the Crimea later on Friday when a group of military and civilian personnel from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will be making another attempt to enter the Crimean peninsula, after being stopped at two border checkpoints the day before, a spokesman for the organization said.

"The group is on their way from Kherson, where they spent the night, and is heading to a checkpoint in the area of a village called Chungar," Shiv Sharma said, adding that the group of about 40 people is scheduled to arrive around 1330 local time (1130 GMT).

But while the OSCE inspectors will hardly receive a warm welcome anywhere in the pro-Russian parts of the Ukraine, one thing is certain: while for the next week the world is stuck listening to more hollow rhetoric, once the Crimea formally splits from the Ukraine and joins Russia as per the will of the parliament and the people, that's when things get rough, as that will be the formal expansion of Russia into a region of the Ukraine which everyone in the west has called an unconstitutional process, while Russia itself calls the coup that overthrew Yanukovich just as unconstitutional.

So enjoy the downtime: in mid-March things get hot again. Or, if you live in the Ukraine, quite cold:



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Alpha Dog Food's picture



Nothing to worry about in Ukraine - Obama says he is to find out what the people think first before taking any action (3rd clip, about 30 seconds in)

stant's picture

like i post yesterday on that call. they both said after hanging up"now for phase 3 of feindished plan"

GetZeeGold's picture



Is Putin aware Obama has a Nobel Peace Prize?


I'm aware Putin has been nominated....but he doesn't have one yet.

Occident Mortal's picture

It's coming,


One Friday night soon Putin will switch off the gas and everyone West of Kiev will capitulate instantly as the people of Europe discover they can't cook their dinner without Vladimir Putin's consent.

Richard Chesler's picture

Never send the shoe shine boy to do a man's kob.

new game's picture

one must ask why is this spirally in the wrong direction? fucking bankers and the control imposed by debt, then austerity, then moar of the same. blueprint around the world - west econwarfare, plain and simple. the west has met a country that has it's own plan. oligarch/mafia style banker vs weasle imf style control.  fucked or more fucked. there is a better way, but we all know that can 't happen-too much at stake(pipeline of course)...

SWRichmond's picture

What really is shocking to me is the hubris on display from the West.  They put this revolution-thingy together and imagined themselves clever, being the world's God and all, doing whatever they wanted, no one would dare oppose them, etc etc.  And then it went south on them, almost immediately.

And then Putin, lacking world God status, had to think his way through his response, and has done so.  No one shot, no firefights; sinking the ship across the mouth of the "Donuzlav Lake" shows thought, and perhaps even finesse, rather than belief in one's own almightyness and irresistability.  Anyone glancing past the drone of the Western MSM can see that the Western MSM is relentlessly lying.  Not that Putin is any kind of truth teller, but he is managing to appear reasonable while Obama / Kerry are not.

Imperial overreach, I believe, always carries with it this hallmark.  As evidence of the truly remarkable hubris and stupidity of DC, it offers hope to the domestic liberty-lover.

johnQpublic's picture

no soup for you/no gas, no cook

who rules bartertown?

who rules barter own?

me rule bartertown!!!!


new game's picture

a'greed' SW - what truely saddens me is the brain washing of the majority with almost zero critical analysis of the relavent facts that can be reseached via PCR or here or where ever a critical thinking out of the box believe nothing person like you or I yearn for...

Element's picture

Somehow I can't take this situation too seriously, mainly because it's not possible that the US/NATO is crazy enough to escalate this in the ways they rabbit-on about. It looks more to me that threats are to scare Putin into not doing anything else, for he did say that if the circumstances arose, then he would. So both sides seem to be threatening each other to go no further, but I think it's clear that Vlad may if incited, and if he does, that Washington et al., won't do anything much.

So I'd say Vlad has them deterred from trying further to destabilize Ukraine. Putin know the West is offering money, which means the west call the shots even on the Ukraine 'govt's' extreme-ism, else the deal is off, if the Ukraine 'govt' tries to create a conflict with Russia.

So it looks to me that Putin has the winning hand here, he maneuvered perfectly in his media-interview, to cover all those bases. It would take either catastrophic stupidity in Washington and Brussels, or a deliberate decision to attack Russia to alter the outcome.

Despite the above, the sad reality of Obama-Kerry and Barroso-Ashton means all bets are off, as they act like the extension of Kissinger's madman-theory-of-war, applied to international megaphone-diplomacy.

i-dog's picture


"It would take either catastrophic stupidity in Washington and Brussels ..."

I think I've spotted the flaw in "our" plan!


PS. I also don't expect war, not even due to that flaw.


new game's picture

lines being drawn of new warfare econ-banker-control-with cia opps false flags to distract - pawn pieces moved while the rook and bishops carry water to the media for distractin. ah, but so obvious to us. why can't we have a say? smile, and understand!

happy, happy as we go about another day...

El Vaquero's picture

In a straight forward pissing match, Obama will back down.  It is that flaw that bothers me though.  It's the potential unexpected mistake due to stupidity that pushes things past the point of no return that I'm worried about. 

general ambivalent's picture

At this point, to me at least, it seems the propaganda is so thick that people in the media must themselves know what horseshit it is. And yet it's a Russian broadcaster that leaves the circus... All of these people just forgot about 'Fuck the EU'? All of them simply ignore that a top politician is stating that a third group of snipers is hitting both sides? All of them can't get the absurdity of recurring Godwin's Law while the West supports neo-nazis (admittedly the Israeli support of Jewish neo-nazis is pretty hard to believe)? I know much of this is because the West has done a very good job in the past of automating a simultaneous belief of freedom with deep ideology, but it seems a lot of people in the media even have to know there are lies going on.

Ensowatt's picture

The US is planning to replace Russia as Ukraine’s main gas supplier by selling fracked gas to Ukraine. America is quickly trying to pull together its plan to start exporting natural gas resources to Europe by using the Ukraine as its cash cow.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


America is quickly trying to pull together its plan to start exporting natural gas resources to Europe by using the Ukraine as its cash cow.

Given that the US is a net importer of natural gas, how do you expect that to happen?

beaglebog's picture

They US would have to extract the gas.

Compress the gas or liquefy it.

Build special LNG ships.

Transport it.

Build some sort of reception area.

Sounds awfully expensive.

Urban Redneck's picture

4 winters is the current timeline. But when is anything big in Louisiana built on-time or under-budget?

(Even without the EPA getting involved)

Slartebartfast's picture

LOL!  Dumbass!  Ukraine can't even pay for gas from Russia.  They may be a "cow", but they sure ain't got no "cash".

rubiconsolutions's picture

" the people of Europe discover they can't cook their dinner without Vladimir Putin's consent."

So it's the opposite of the US way of doing things. Over there it's the consent of the governors.


SWRichmond's picture

Perhaps, just perhaps, the people of Europe still remember the last war, unlike Americans who have no memory of war being fought on home soil and destroying cities / roads choked with refugees / killing millions.  Maybe they really just don't want to do that anymore.  Maybe they're happy to trade with Russia, perhaps even hold their noses while doing so, rather than make war with them.

It seems it's the US, whose psychopathic "leaders" are happy to make war in someone else's backyard, to constantly push for dominance, "leaders" who are able to get the American people to go along, mostly because the American people have no memory of just what it means to have a war fought right outside your fucking house.

Doesn't anyone study history anymore?

TheMeatTrapper's picture

"Doesn't anyone study history anymore?"


Nope. They rewrite it and teach it as 'truth'. 

disabledvet's picture

absolutely. if the Bosphorous shuts down "you can't get the food out."

PR Guy's picture

Do you think they have a plan? Oh well, maybe Putin has.

Global Hunter's picture

Their plan is to throw as much shit against the wall as they can and see what sticks including backing Nazis and Jihadists.

tony wilson's picture

you are a nazi and a jew hater.

the very idea that jewish folks in london,usa and israel would hire arabs,musselmun islamics and ukraine nazis to be a bridge head into countries is racialists and anti semenetick how dare you sir.




this message is sponspored by the dyslexica corporation and aipac

new game's picture

nothing about hate, just playing the pawns...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Thanks for information dump 'spoon-fed' or should say "crap".

At least Haaretz is either willing to speak the truth of the sabotage they have contributed to in the $5 billion odyssey backed by Chevron and George Soros, or they enjoy sticking their chin out yet again.

Wouldn't want to be a Mossad agent, or U.S. CIA inside Ukraine right about now. 

As I've said before the big payout isn't going to be worth much when someone is standing over as youare strapped to a chair with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch ready to declare you a "non-enemy combatant" and is prepared to get "medieval on your buttocks"!

agent default's picture

And where is Israel's reaction against Nazis taking over in Ukraine?


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

After consulting with Mr. Spock on this, I am told that at the level of "pure logic" their non-reaction is ... "illogical".

For a nation so sensitive to anything remotely Nazi-like or antisemitic, one would expect a massive reaction from both Israel and the US/Obama.  The fact that not even a "peep" has been forthcoming, suggests/betrays a bigger & deeper Agenda.  We simply have to look for that Agenda, by asking the standard questions of:

> Who benefits in Israel, by ignoring the blatant Nazi positions by the thugs in Kiev?  Who, who?  Who let the dogs out?   Who, who?

> Spock suggests one possibility for 'Motive':  Given that the International Community is threatening Israel with Sanctions, it is to their benefit to have that community focus on other/bigger issues -- whether real or created... like, Ukraine, for example.

And in case you don't think that AIPAC has US politicians in its pocket, read this regarding Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx):

DaddyO's picture

Firstly, I think this whole Ukrainian affair show a schism in the rarified world of oligarchical bankers and their factions.

Secondly, Putin is making them pay for gas already shipped and used on credit.

Pay up bitchez or else!


johnQpublic's picture

 Any problems, he goes to Paulie. Trouble with the bill? He can go to Paulie. Trouble with the cops, deliveries, Tommy, he can call Paulie. But now the guy's gotta come up with Paulie's money every week, no matter what. Business bad? "Fuck you, pay me." Oh, you had a fire? "Fuck you, pay me." Place got hit by lightning, huh? "Fuck you, pay me."



Putin has cable and is just folloing the 'goodfellas' playbook

and if they dont pay, he's gonna burn 'em out

Overfed's picture

Paulie sounds like a government tax collector.

TideFighter's picture

Remember...Obama has a phone and a pen. His worst threat is to call people and jot down notes.

CrimsonAvenger's picture

Never send a stenographer to do a man's job.

BandGap's picture

Vlad the Impaler versus Barry the Inhaler

GetZeeGold's picture



Time for Thunderdome!

unrulian's picture

Barry is in a water hazzard on 17, Vlad is riding a shark (i saw it on ZH)

observer007's picture

How Klitschko Brothers Sell The Ukraine To The West



"The Klitschko brothers acquired the West for themselves, now their agency shall acquire the East for You."

Big Business - secret Klitschko-Papers HERE:

dirtyfiles's picture

here you mama jeans president

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Obama is a phony faggot with a bunch of sealed records, Putin is going to eat his lunch now. 

Winston Churchill's picture

Can't help but wonder what Russian intelligence has in its extensive dossier

on Obozo.Could get interesting.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

It was fun controlling the president but now play time is over, i think they could distroy his presisdency very easly without a shot.