World Awaits Russian Response As Obama Makes "Lethal Aid" To Ukraine Legal

Tyler Durden's picture

As we explained previously, quietly hidden within the humanitarian-sounding "The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014", under the premise of enabling further sanctions on Russia, is the provision of "lethal aid" to Ukraine. Today, President Obama signed it into law...


Because he knows full well that is not the important part. The "lethal-aid" aspect is a direct provocation to Russia.. and he knows exactly how Putin will respond.


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As we detailed previously,

As we reported over the weekend, in the tumult surrounding Citigroup's annexation of Congress with the passage of the theatrically dramatic $303 trillion derivative quid-pro-$1.1 trillion spending quo, what most missed is that Congress also unanimously passed the The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, which not only expands Russian sanctions (read the details here) but far more impotantly, provides "lethal assistance to Ukraine’s military." And as we explained, passage of this law is just the pretext some Russian legislators needed to push for a full-blown, preemptive military incursion in east-Ukraine.


“The decision of the US Senate is extremely dangerous. If it is supported by the House of Representatives and signed by their president, Russia must reply with adequate measures,” Mikhail Yemelyanov of the Fair Russia party told reporters on Friday.


"It is quite possible that we should return to the decision by our Upper House and give the Russian president an opportunity to use military force on Ukrainian territory preemptively. We should not wait until Ukraine is armed and becomes really dangerous,” the lawmaker stated.


Yemelyanov also noted that in his opinion the US Senate’s decision to arm Ukraine had revealed that Washington wasn’t interested in the de-escalation of the Ukrainian conflict. He then said that US actions gave him the impression they was seeking to turn Ukraine into some sort of an “international militant targeting the Russian Federation.”


“In a few years Ukraine will turn into a poor and hungry country with an anti-Russian government that will teach its population to hate Russia. They will be armed to the teeth and Ukraine and US reluctance to recognize the Russian Federation within its current borders would always provoke conflicts,” the MP said.

Furthermore, we asked if "this means that what was a lingering proxy cold civil war in east Ukraine between NATO-armed Ukraine troops and Russia-armed Separatists and local militias is about to escalate into a shooting precursor to something greater? There is still hope an all out escalation can be avoided" and we cited White House press secretary Joshn Earnest who last week said that "the administration hadn’t finished reviewing the language and isn’t ready to take a position on the legislation. He said the administration wants to ensure that the U.S. and its European allies are working together, that any sanctions are effective and that they minimize harm to U.S. and European companies. “This is delicate work,” Earnest said."

Apparently, not delicate enough, and moments ago we got confirmation that the epic collapse in the USDRUB is just a jovial preview of the main event. To wit:


And with that, US "lethal aid" will shortly begin arriving in Kiev, which in turn will be just the pretext needed by Sergey Lavrov and the Kremlin to escalate the recent events in Russia as a direct attack by the West, and to demand retaliation against a US president who "does not reason" as the Russian media will appeal to the population in an attempt to "rally round the flag", and as a result Russian tanks may have no choice but to enter the separatist territories in East Ukraine.

What the western, and certainly NATO, response at that point will be, is far beyond our meager prediction skills.

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Silky Johnson's picture

"Lethal Aid", what a bunch of wormy, mealy mouthed, evil motherfuckers. Have the balls to say, "we are arming these fuckers to the teeth, what are you going to do about it?"

That would at least earn some respect, even though they would still remain evil.

kaiserhoff's picture

Zionist puppet masters going all in.

nope-1004's picture

With a fckin Kenyan flag flying in the Flame House.  Extreme stupidity.  Bankers rule the world and need an idiot as the front man.  Enter Barry Soetoro.


McMolotov's picture

We typically send "lethal aid" whenever there's something like ethnic atrocities or terrorism in a country. By this action, the government is attempting to get the public to think of Russia the same way they think of the South Sudan civil war or ISIS.

This is not only an open slap in the face to Russia; it also serves propaganda purposes here at home.

BoNeSxxx's picture

And yet again the ZH comments eclipse the aticle in both humor and insight... :-)


Happy Holidays Hedgies.

Anusocracy's picture

Government must continue to create situations so that the dupes will believe that they need it.

Publicus's picture

Russia's going to default on 600 billion of fed paper.

fuu's picture

Ahh now I get it, today was the insider pre-ramp to the announcement of a new war.

Comte de Saint Germain's picture

casus belli (kay-s<ls bel-I). [Latin] An act or circumstance that provokes or justifies war.
Black's Law Dictionary

As a result today's enactment of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 and under international law, the Russian Federation is now entitled to retaliate against the United States of America using all conceivable means at their disposition, whenever they deem appropriate (UN Charter, Chapter VII, Article 51).

War is officially on.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Exactly.  The Russian oligarchs have lawyers too.  They know all the UN and IMF bullshit laws and will exploit them against these Fed aggressors.  Have all the political puppets completely forgotten about the Nuremburg Trials...

"Following orders" and "passing laws" won't save you.

Onan_the_Barbarian's picture

Well there *are* ethnic atrocities going on... what do you think "punisher" battalions do? 

Oh, that's in the Kiev-controlled part... never mind.

McMolotov's picture

Russia should declare Kiev a state sponsor of terrorism. The US likes to do that kind of thing, and turnabout is fair play.

Burning people alive is an act of terror, and the US is arming terrorists as far as I'm concerned.

Manthong's picture


AK-47’s and RPG’s aren’t good enough for the Nazi’s?

Oh.. so they want to be at least as well armed and armored as U.S. domestic police forces.


Paveway IV's picture

"...Oh.. so they want to be at least as well armed and armored as U.S. domestic police forces..."

Svaboda and Right Sector (Nazi) leaders run the Ukraine interior ministry and their members make up most of it's staff. They were put there to protect the Jewish-Ukrainian oligarchs and U.S. assets from the Ukrainian people. Their biggest threat is from regular Ukrainian Army conscripts (who mostly hate them) and rival Jewish-Ukrainian Oligarchs' private thug armies (who do whatever they're paid to do).

The U.S. has totally fucked up AGAIN, similar to what they did in Syria. Arms are sent to 'moderate' FSA, but the soldiers and the U.S. equipment eventually makes it to al Nusra and ISIS head-choppers. All of it. All the time. No exceptions. Sorry, Wolf Blitzer - you're fucking WRONG all the time.

Now the U.S. will be sending stuff supposedly to the regular Ukraine army. Except those soldiers and equipment will eventually make it to the Svaboda/Right Sector Stazi or one of the Jewish oligarch's private thug armies. All of it. All the time. No exceptions. Sorry Wolf Blitzer - you're going to be fucking WRONG this time, too.

There is no Ukrainian army any more to arm. The conscripts don't want to fight for *any* Jewish oligarch - they want to kill them. Since a lot of the Jewish oligarchs don't even live in Ukraine, the soldiers don't even have that chance. They're deserting and leaving Ukraine because there simply is no future for them and their families anymore. Ukrainians are not stupid - they've just been through this before. It never turns out well.

In the mean time, the Ukrainian Stazi and private thug armies will keep arming themselves to the teeth. It's permanent gang warfare there now. There is no political objective - it's just a steady job for the foot soldiers. If Svaboda/Right Sector or a Jewish oligarch can't cough up weapons and a paycheck (in USD or Euros only, please) then those foot-soldiers are gone, too.

Another U.S. sponsored death-camp for democracy. Yay!

NotApplicable's picture

It's amazing how you always focus on the trivial aspects of whatever subject is at hand. It's almost as if you're trying to derail every thread you post in, like any good provaceteur would.

Whether you are a paid troll, or merely the next useful idiot, the ruling banksters appreciate your support.

Titus's picture

Who are you referring to?

Chaos Trend's picture

What does it matter? Almost every general comment to the main article in a ZH comment section is posted as a repy to whatever the last random comment someone read was. And half of the replies that actually are intended as replies to other commenters are replies to the wrong comment. But you only realize that after you've scrolled up the entire page to find the last comment that's further to the left of that reply and find that it has nothing to do with the reply.

And don't even get me started on the reply-to-reply-to-reply runs that end up with single-word coulmns of text. And still, commenters insist on replying to that last single-word column comment they read, even though their reply is actually in reference to a comment 15 posts earlier.

Worst comment section on the internets.

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Jack Burton's picture

Zion has a big stake in Ukraine. Israeli has been deeply involved in supporting the rise of Nazi Lvov and surrounding Galicia Eastern Europe. Since the founding of Israel, Mossad has spent heavily in cash and manpower resources to support the Nazi elements in this province that is split between Poland and Ukraine by the World War Two peace settlements.

Mossad steeped up funding and advisory support of fascism in schools and civic life. The building of monuments to Nazi's and West Ukrainian Nationaislts. Like Bandera. As the crisis brewed in Madian, Mossad was all over Kiev along with the CIA. Most likely Mossad or the CIA arranged the sniper massacre in Madian cementing the fascist coup. Later we learn that the pilot who shot down MH-17 with his SU-25's 30MM air to air cannon, is hiding out in the UAE since days after his attack, along with the woman in a supervisor role in Ukraine ATC, she was the one who sent MH-17 into the death trap. The west refuses to investigate MH-17, but are hiding evidence and waiting for time to pass and it to be forgotten. The Unit number, aircarft number and pilots and ATC names are: " Malaysian Boeing 777, MH17, according to our data, was shot by Su-25, hull number 08, which was piloted by Lt. Col. Ukrainian Air Force Dmytro Yakatsuts, who from July 18 to this day is in the U[nited] A[rab] E[mirates]. The Kiev center manager, Anna Petrenko, unexpectedly went on vacation on the morning of July 18th, from which she did not come back."

UAE and Mossad share intelligence services and are allied in every sense. Thus Israel is as much involved in this mans silence and protection as any UAE intelligence services. Why would a Ukrainian pitlot and a female ATC flee to the Middle East?

One might wonder what stake Israeli has in Ukraine.

FreeShitter's picture

Evil never deserves respect. Thats where the NWO fits in. PURE EVIL.

JRobby's picture

MOAR WAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More pain and suffering for the good people of this earth that just want to live life.

USA USA's picture

H won't be happy until we are all dead and glowing, while he sits in his bunker with congress.

No more trillion dollars in debt!

FU obummer and CONgress........

noben's picture

"We lethalized some folks"

Fun Facts's picture

They have words to make any evil deed sound ok to the donkeys.

"Patriot Act", for example. Written by George Orwell I suppose. "The affordable care act"...I could fill a book.

I still remember during the invasion of Iraq when ZNN said they had "peppered" some people with hellfire missiles.

The propaganda in the US is very sophisticated. Probably the best propaganda in the world. That's probably why we're in such sad shape.

Abitdodgie's picture

And what are the Amercan people goingto do about it, thats right NOTHING.

fascismlover's picture

They might see a tiny flash of light and that's all they ever see again.  It is sad because mose PEOPLE on both sides are good people.  People in general don't think things would ever change for the worse because it has always been ok so it will always be ok.  The chances of it being VERY NOT ok are increasing daily though and the sheep be asleep.  Iphones, teevee and food have the sheeps heads permanently down.

Beowulf55's picture

Look at the bright side.......

war will turn around our economy (business will be building booming things),

and lead to full employment (for those left alive and not glowing in the dark).

DoChenRollingBearing's picture



The US should stay OUT of Ukrainian affairs.  It is Russia's turf.  Ukraine may not like it, but it is what it is.

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I know it is still a rumor, but LOL that Bearing Guy suggested yesterday that Russia will find it harder to buy gold, and may even have to sell it.


silvermail's picture

Deliberately False Story on Russia Gold Sales, or Just Sloppy Reporting?

noben's picture

It "should" stay out, but it won't.

As Putin correctly stated, the encircling and squeezing of Russia has been going on for many decades. They are not about to stop now, when they are so close to the end.

JohninMK's picture

Time for Russia to say to the West, on the sanctions front

"You're squeezing our finances, we need more dollars, you have forced us to foreclose on our $3B Ukrainian loan, oh, and if that $1.6B owed to Gazprom isn't paid back as agreed on the 31st December all gas through Ukraine goes on prepayment to stop theft."

And militarily

"Russia is determined to maintain the ceasefire in Ukraine, if Kiev breaks it, with or without the new US weapons, the full force of Russia will be applied to restore peace."




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blaireauhedge (not verified) fightthepower Dec 18, 2014 4:15 PM

ZH's conclusion is all wrong, as usual. Russia will not do anything. Their strategy is to sit and wait until the bilateral trades bypassing the dollar it has signed kick in.

To boost, ZH links this conclusion to Lavrov: the softess, most diplomatic guy I've ever seen.

Who are the Tylers anyway? a bunch of teenagers living in their parents' basement money on this clickbait scam?

Titus's picture

Internal politics (i.e. popular support) may not allow that. I agree, that's what Russia's leadership is hoping for, but it may be untenable if the west tries for a Russian spring.

So It Goes's picture

"Russia will not do anything. Their strategy is to sit and wait until the bilateral trades bypassing the dollar it has signed kick in."

This may be the most assinine post ever.  I hope you right but I fear you are wrong.  The move to rearm Nazi thugs in Kiev gives me some really bad feelings.  Russia will not sit and wait out anything.  Putin has been a model of restraint so far to the West's provocations.  I think Putin may now be forced to react militarily - this is not good.


taraxias's picture

Come on Vlad, it's to slap this bitch. 

angel_of_joy's picture

Expect some territorial expansion of Novo Rossia... starting next spring.

asiafinancenews's picture

No need to wait until Spring.  Russian military equipment works jus fine in wintertime.

silvermail's picture

Historical fact: Military action against Russia, always lead to the expansion of Russian territories.

tarabel's picture



Admiral Togo still says you're wrong. The man was a chronic stutterer.


tarabel's picture



Admiral Togo says you're wrong.

silvermail's picture

Admirals are not fighting on land. This is the first one.
Russian always come for their money - says Otto von Bismarck. This is the second.
Right now, the Russian held four islands, which they won in Japan. This is the third.

noben's picture
noben (not verified) taraxias Dec 18, 2014 4:52 PM

"Come on Vlad, it's to slap this bitch."

Hey, don't shoot the messenger, but YOU tell me if Putin will be doing the slapping or getting slapped? Here it is from his lips:
Pay attention to the last two minutes.

I sense nothing but more diplomacy "talk, talk, talk". As much as I think he needs to take strong action -- the way true "tyrants" would or his Soviet predecessors would have, it is clear that he will NOT take direct military action.

He can talk about the Russian Bear being defanged and declawed, but he already IS acting that way when it comes to Ukraine. As a minimum, he's getting some VERY BAD advice, or the Chinese are holding him back.

At this point I have to give the US/NATO a clear and decisive lead on points: The wealth and comfort of the average Russian is being affected far more by this than that of most NATO members, or that of North Americans or Aussies -- if we ignore other small, poor, former Soviet satellites bordering the region.

As time passes and he takes more beatings, he will lose more support and here on ZH, since he will be perceived as weak under all that rhetoric and posturing.

Strong is as strong does. Guys like Brezhnev would not take the kind of shit he is taking. And the US/NATO will just keep on marching East, will keep on piling on. Because he's a Spy, not a Soldier.

silvermail's picture

You say exactly how faux news. They are also trying to give their dreams "about the suffering of Russian" as a reality.

Idaho potato head's picture

Noben get a pair of binoculars so you can see across the street,

Rockatanski's picture

let's not forget that open mic moment last year with the former pres of russia, medvedev. somethign sneaky is going on with these 2. i seriously doubt they all the sudden lost the love.