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Monday, March 3, 2014

Where are the NATO troops in Ukraine? Will Putin Ever Grow Up?

        Instead of sitting on their hands like Obama has done, NATO actually met with Ukranian officials and pledged solidarity and the defense of Ukraine, so where are the NATO troops? How can you back down a megalomaniacal, tyrant with words? It has never worked for me in all of my life. It is time to bring stability to Ukraine. Almost two weeks ago I said that NATO should be at the southern border of Ukraine, but no.... only more lip service. Take this recent press release for instance...

Sunday, 2 March 2014
Press Release (2014) 033

North Atlantic Council statement on the situation in Ukraine

The North Atlantic Council condemns the Russian Federation’s military escalation in Crimea and expresses its grave concern regarding the authorisation by the Russian Parliament to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine.
Military action against Ukraine by forces of the Russian Federation is a breach of international law and contravenes the principles of the NATO-Russia Council and the Partnership for Peace. Russia must respect its obligations under the United Nations Charter and the spirit and principles of the OSCE, on which peace and stability in Europe rest. We call on Russia to de-escalate tensions.
We call upon the Russian Federation to honor its international commitments, including those set out in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and Ukraine of 1997, and the legal framework regulating the presence of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, to withdraw its forces to its bases, and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine. We urge both parties to immediately seek a peaceful resolution through bilateral dialogue, with international facilitation, as appropriate, and through the dispatch of international observers under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Ukraine is a valued partner for NATO and a founding member of the Partnership for Peace. NATO Allies will continue to support Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their own future, without outside interference.
We emphasise the importance of an inclusive political process based on democratic values, respect for human rights, minorities and the rule of law, which fulfils the democratic aspirations of the entire Ukrainian people.
We met today, at Ukraine’s request, to consult in the NATO-Ukraine Commission.  We intend to engage with Russia in the NATO-Russia Council.

I call upon Russia to leave sovereign Ukraine today or face the crumbling of the Rouble beyond repair. The world community is tired of being bullied by Russia and other oligarchical countries including the United States. It is time for the bullies of the world to step back and work for world peace. 
 If Russia persists in occupying Ukraine territory, international sanctions on trade should be imposed and trade should cease with Russia by all democratic countries. As in our schools, bullying has no place in this world. Mr. Putin, it is time to grow up. 

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