Crimea Prime Minister Says May Formally Join Russia Next Week

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Crimea's Prime Minister Sergie Aksenov has been very vocal this morning with comments on nationalizing the region's banks, but the following few comments are sparking concerns:


We will see what Obama, Merkel, and Ukraine's leadership has to say about that... Turchynov, for one, has warned to be "ready for a full-scale invasion at any moment."


Via Interfax,

The Crimean authorities do not consider the possibility of proclaiming independence "under the Abkhaz scenario" and think that the process of joining Russia will take up to a year, Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said at a briefing in Simferopol on Friday.


"I suppose that the transition period will last up to one year, when we will able to use all the processes and privileges in Russia comprehensively," Aksyonov said.


When asked whether "the Abkhaz variant" was possible, Aksyonov said no. "No, we will not have independence. We currently think, I personally think, that Crimea should join Russia as a Russian region," he said.


At the same time, when asked how quickly Crimea will be able to join Russia after the referendum is held, Aksyonov said: "In terms of passing a legislative act, I think this will be virtually next week and in regard comprehensive joining, transition period will last up to a year at most."

Is that crossing a red line? It certainly seems from Turchynov's words that it is...

Ukraine must be ready for a full-scale Russian invasion "at any moment," the country's acting president warned Thursday, as officials announced the emergency call-up of a 60,000-strong national guard force.


Oleksander Turchynov said Moscow was "ready" to go much further than the annexation of the Black Sea territory of Crimea, which is expected to vote to secede from Ukraine in a referendum on Sunday.


Only clear international pressure could halt slow the momentum of the Kremlin, he said. "All of civilized humanity supports our country," said Mr. Turchynov. "I am sure that this united effort in the international arena, bringing together all democratic countries, can still allow us to halt this aggression."


Ukraine won't give up 'a single centimetre' of Crimea to Russia, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says

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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:29 | 4547794 Bryan
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"Oh who cares.  What's on TV tonight?  Oh wait... there's Russians wanting to annex NYC?  That doesn't interrupt American Idol does it?  OK, then I'm cool with it."


We are just screwed, no two ways about it.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:38 | 4547847 Au_Ag_CuPbCu
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I'm thinking WOAR.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:41 | 4547858 prains
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Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:55 | 4547907 Au_Ag_CuPbCu
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Good point!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:49 | 4547855 nope-1004
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They aren't annexing anything, they are occupying a state that they have rights toward WRT their military presence.  The US tried to dethrone the advance of Gazprom and Rosneft and their influence over Europe by attempting to balkanize Russia and install a puppet US gov't in the Ukraine.  The US has lost.

Next up is Saudi Arabia joining Russia, because the US is now seen as incompetent and ineffective.  The petro dollar is dying.  Cry about the past or prepare for the inevitable - your choice.


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:53 | 4547895 kliguy38
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that seems a little harsh on our puppetmasters......I think they deserve a better fate before they totally annihilate us. Ya some more neocon CNN guest pops on Piers Morgantheoux . I think they can still shear some more sheep before they really close the ponzi down. Just think of all the treasuries being absorbed right now by this "fear" trade......hehehhehee ......OFF LOAD THAT TOXIC CHIT BABY

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:38 | 4548436 HoofHearted
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It happens two ways...slowly, then all at once.

I think we're about to get to the second way. And it isn't going to be pretty for those of us in the U.S. Get ready. I hope you've set up your self-sustaining situation...

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:48 | 4548743 Urban Redneck
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Saudi Arabia goes to China

Iran goes to Russia

The US is left with Qatar (which the rest of the GCC just revoked full diplomatic relations with).


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:30 | 4547799 naughtius maximus
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In Federalist Russia, Government Votes YOU!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:53 | 4547891 hungarianboy
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Ukraine won't give up 'a single centimetre' of Crimea to Russia, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says


Time will tell.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:08 | 4547975 McMolotov
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Ukraine will give up multiple centimeters of Crimea to Russia.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:55 | 4549061 H. Perowne
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Yes, and there will be costs. . . and I mailed the check last week . . . and of course you don't look fat in those jeans . . .

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:34 | 4547819 SilverRhino
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We'll integrate in one year .... but our military will integrate in about one hour.  

PM: Crimea tells Ukraine and EU to FOAD.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:37 | 4547820 Belrev
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Crimea PM also said that when people in Texas, USA collect signatures for secession, he does not go about lambasting American authorities about legitimacy and does not threaten to invade America.

So he does not understand why all the interference from outside into Crimea's internal matters.


In response to a journalist question if Russian troops are in Crimea, he said that Russian troops have been in Crimea since early 19th century as matter of fact, so what gives.


Another journalist asked if a referendum can be legitimate "under the barrell of a gun", PM asked that journalist to show him where is the barell and who is threatened.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:35 | 4547829 lordylord
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Trading one set of chains for another.  Good job boys.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:38 | 4547844 naughtius maximus
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Ukraine just wants a master to take care of them. Don't they remember the 30s?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:02 | 4547939 lordylord
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The Statist down-vote fairies must be out today.  Why don't the people of Crimea wan't to govern themselves? Do they need daddy Putin to take care of them?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:39 | 4548140 bonin006
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They can't stand up the USSA/EU all by themselves, can they?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:19 | 4548341 lordylord
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The colonists can't defeat the most powerful empire on Earth (i.e. England), can  they?  Jungle rats (i.e. Vietnamese) can't defeat the most powerful country on Earth (US), can they?   Do you need more examples?  Where people want liberty and are willing to die for it, liberty will flourish.   The people of Crimea may one day want liberty.  Today is not that day.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:36 | 4547831 chinoslims
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I wonder how much money Aksenov is receiving from the Russia funneled into his own personal account

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:37 | 4547837 Belrev
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Ukraine's new PM Yatsenyuk got $5 BLN from USA for the coup in Kiev. Fact.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:06 | 4547962 McMolotov
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"It's not puppet-installation when we do it." —Uncle Sam

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:18 | 4548622 Independent
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Can I get some freedom fries for my Happy Meal Puppet

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:39 | 4547851 tony wilson
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mossad snipers at the ready

local ngo riot orders and maps check

boston strong back packing teams in place.

state dept and soros and saudi funded to the nazi hilt.

a nice week ender.

welcome to prison planet zion

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:40 | 4547852 Ignatius
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"Ukraine won't give up 'a single centimetre' of Crimea to Russia, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says"

I'll take that bet.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:42 | 4547862 Belrev
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"Red Line Crossing Club" TM

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:20 | 4548040 johngerard
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It's already done, finished, over. End of. Crimea is now part of Russia again - and that's that.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:58 | 4548233 tsuki
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I understand that the Puppet Prime Minister Yatsenyuk put 33 tonnes of gold on that bet.  Can you cover?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:07 | 4549455 Ignatius
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Will ya take naked shorts as collateral?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:40 | 4547854 PlusTic
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yesterday's news, mkt doens't care anymore...we had our 1-day reaction, turn those algos back on!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:53 | 4547897 Spastica Rex
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Who coulda known?!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:42 | 4547863 Son of Captain Nemo
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Wouldn't you love to be in the same room when Lavrov said to John breath

Well John breath... Looks like we have full control of the four strategic port regions: Sevastopol, Murmansk, St Petersburg and Vladivostok...

Your move brother!

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:54 | 4547902 Tracerfan
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The way out of this is that Ukraine should be neutral, like Finland.  Not join NATO ever.  Can join EU if they want (it will end up hurting them).  Nation should be federalized with local autonomy.

The US/EU don't want a good solution.  They are fools.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:29 | 4548086 Debugas
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can you convince Putin that Ukraine's promise not to join NATO or invite NATO forces into Ukraine will not be broken the very next day ?

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:58 | 4547920 Johnny Cocknballs
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Clearly the Crimeans need further lessons in "democracy" from the freedom-loving folks at the NED.

"Nationalizing banks?"

The man just signed his own death warrant.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:29 | 4548093 vic and blood
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Don't take the down arrows for real. Some of our friends and allies are non-native English speakers. The clever sarcasm in your first sentence may have been overlooked.

@FriendsAbroad  Think of NED as a globalist/zionist group that aims to sell you into debt slavery, destroy your culture and national/tribal identity, attack your religious faith, and promote homosexuality, other depravity, and greed/mass consumption.Johnny was being sarcastic.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:58 | 4547924 no1wonder
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Crimea ready to resist provocations on referendum day, no grounds to cut power - Crimean PM

Simferopol, March 14 (Interfax) - "The grounds to cut power supplies or other sources of power generation for Crimean residents do not exist because no debts to supplying companies exist. Everything is paid for fully and, as of today, in accordance with the Ukrainian law," Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov said at a briefing in Simferopol on Friday.

"Any cuts could be done solely out of spite in order to do something bad to Crimean residents," Aksyonov said.

"We have developed anti-crisis proposals, sites covered with concrete are completely ready and over 900 generators, which will allow us to supply power to people with no disruption, have been purchased," he said.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:02 | 4547942 Yttrium Gold Ni...
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Insert random joke about centimeters, inches and asses here.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:18 | 4548026 johngerard
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As someone on here already said ( I think), "the result of the referendum's already known, all that's left now is to cast the votes..."

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:24 | 4548069 QQQBall
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Russians.... why can't their names be normal? 

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:35 | 4548123 vic and blood
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I agree. They call an apple something like jabloko. That is so bizarre. Why don't they just say apple like normal people? Foreigners are pretty strange.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:38 | 4548135 Rikky
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ZeroHedge got a mention on a biblical prophecy website I frequent on Russia's Economic Blackmail.  Stranger things haven't happened ;)


Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:38 | 4548136 Rikky
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ZeroHedge got a mention on a biblical prophecy website I frequent on Russia's Economic Blackmail.  Stranger things haven't happened ;)


Sat, 03/15/2014 - 00:53 | 4551214 Johnny Cocknballs
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read the Gospel of Thomas.

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