Monday, March 17, 2014

Russia reveals its desired outcome in Ukraine

I translated the following article from Russian to English.  For all you who thought that the U.S. and the EU were "meddling" in Ukraine's affairs, what do you call this?  

Indeed, Russia is dictating a complete reformation of the Ukrainian state, under implicit threat of arms.  

Russia wants a weak, corrupt Ukraine that will not abide European norms and values.  This old strategy is known as "divide and conquer."  

By Aleksandr Gundlah
March 17, 2014 | 15Minut

The Russian Foreign Ministry calls on an international group of "aid to Ukraine," which should turn Ukraine into a non-aligned federation without the Crimea with two official state languages.

This is stated in the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which voiced Russia's proposal.

Russia has once again assured that it is not involved in the situation in Ukraine, which "is the result of a deep crisis of the Ukrainian state that led to the polarization of society and acute exacerbation of antagonism between different parts of the country."

To overcome this "internal conflict" Russia proposes to create a support group for Ukraine.

Russia suggests that this group should implement the agreements of February 21 and surrender "illegal weapons", the release of buildings and streets [from occupation by activists], and investigations of deaths in Kyiv.

And "without delay to convene by a decision of the Verkhovna Rada [national parliament of Ukraine] of a constitutional assembly, with equal representation of all Ukrainian regions to prepare a new federal constitution."

This constitution, according to Russia, should establish a federal system of Ukraine, its military and political neutrality, the state status for the Russian language, human rights of all minorities, the election of local authorities and non-interference in the affairs of the church.

Foreign Minister even told how a constitution should be adopted -- by a national referendum .

After that Russia wants general and local elections for "the legislative and executive authorities in each subject of the [new] federation."

Separately, Russia insists that the group should "recognize and respect the right to determine its own destiny Crimea according to the results of the free will of its population in the course of the 16 March 2014 referendum."

Again Russia proposes that the new territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine will be guaranteed by Russia, the EU and the U.S. according to a UN Security Council resolution.

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