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Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves calls for ‘physical presence on the ground’ in region as deterrence against Russia

April 15th, 2014
11:15 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called for a "physical presence on the ground" in the region as a deterrence against Russia.

Estonia, a former Soviet republic that shares a border with Russia, is now a member of NATO. Its leadership has been outspoken expressing concern about Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

"We need more exercises," President Ilves said. "We think that the decision to increase the number of planes providing air policing in the region is a very good one."

"But given the uncertainty that we see to the east and the kinds of actions that we’ve seen in the east, we need to make sure that others understand that this is not something to play around with."

Estonia's plea on Russia

Amanpour asked President Ilves what he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin's "goal" was.

"We are in new territory right now. The rules have been broken."

Russia's interference in Ukraine and annexation of territory are "out of a playbook that we last saw before World War Two," the president said.

Putin's playbook from 'pre-WWII'

"So that makes it very difficult for us to actually be able to guess what is in one or another person’s mind."

Estonia has had more experience with Russia than most. President Putin was instrumental in trying to organize a referendum on autonomy for some of the Russia-speaking areas of Estonia, which was then struck down.

“The propaganda that is emanating from the Kremlin in the case of either Ukraine or the Baltic countries – or, in fact, the United States – is at a level which we have not really since seen since the 1950s,” President Ilves said.

The question for those countries is how they can rein in President Putin. Two rounds of sanctions targeting Russian and former Ukrainian leaders seem to thus far have had little effect on changing Putin’s thinking.

“I think the consequences of his actions will lead to a dramatic downturn that we already are beginning to see in the economy of Russia,” Ilves said.

The European Union will likely, the president said, extend the list of “sanctions and sanctioned individuals” at its next meeting of heads of state.

“Is that enough,” Amanpour asked, “to deter President Putin?”

“We don't know,” President Ilves said. “Now that's our problem.”

Putin's actions 'defy understanding'

President Putin’s actions are not in the “understanding we have of the behavior of countries, as we've developed those understandings over the last quarter century.”

“It's hard to predict, frankly.”

“But long as we think that the…rules of behavior are more or less understandable, then you would think that sanctions of this type will have an effect.”


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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Pandora

    He is right. Smb must stop him. He must be insane . Probably extremely much botox affected him and the damage must be essential.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • kuba

      Putin is not crazy – he is just former KGB agent rebuilding Soviet Imperium. IT is Obama and others weak-minded thinking they can stop him in a non military way :-)

      April 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Reply
      • Greg

        Time to put that military card on the table. Now to get that gutless coward Obama on board,

        April 16, 2014 at 12:11 am |
    • PopesValet

      We are not terribly concerned about Ukraine. We are primarily concerned about 2nd orbit countries. Ukraine is conceded.

      April 16, 2014 at 6:15 am | Reply
      • RealPolitik

        Correct

        April 16, 2014 at 7:45 am |
    • Paul Johnston PhD

      I watched Christine Ammanpour's incredibly one-side "pro-Ukraine" CNN Talk Show yesterday when she interviewed the Estonian President and I was aghast at the propaganda and biased she showed for him and US & EU Leaders giving them many chances to speak but not once gave the same chance to Russian Leaders to speak.
      Outrageous for a so-called unbiased news media– Give us a break!

      April 16, 2014 at 8:55 am | Reply
      • tajhmahal

        There is one thing Putin and his cohorts are great at and that is "Lies and propaganda" so there is no need,the Russian media does the job of been a medium to help get the lies out there.

        April 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm |
  2. kuba

    "Estonia, a former soviet republic" sounds like "USA – a former British collony" :-)

    Estonia was an independent country before it was invaded by Russians in 1940 and occupated till 1991!!! Russians invasion on Estonia was part of Ribentrop-Molotov agreement (Hitler-Stalin agreement).
    Work harder please!

    April 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Juhan Pruugimees

      And who gave you an Independence in 1918?! Work harder please! You only crying from 1991 about Molotov-Ribentrop Pact but do not want to explain why the Nazi and ex-SS veterans are marching each year with presence from Government of Estonia as well ?! Explain this to the world! And also EU and USA keeping silence, the reason for me is to irritate Russia one more time also the President of Estonia ILVES is the braveman publishing his thoughts and conclusions regarding Russia and Russians (also living in Estonia) and classified the Russian language as Occupants' language. You remember? He and his allies had divided totally country in 2007.

      April 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
      • your a russian agent obviously

        estonians do not celebrate nazis! we are not faschists!
        we celebrate our veterans who fought in wars! wars that werent our own! wars that were forced upon us by other more powerfull countries! we were occupied! we didnt have a military! there were only 2 sides! russians as communists or germans as nazis! there was only 2 choices! some chose russians some chose nazis! in essence it was a civil war our people died on both sides! but russia has done more damage so we hate you more! no matter where our soldiers fight or on whose side! they will be remembered!
        they didnt have a choice! my grandpa chose the russians unfortunately, yet when russian veterans are celebrated no one screams faschist or communist.
        russians are the biggest liars two faced faschists and nazis, pro segregation and anti multi cultural and anti racial.
        enough of your lies!

        April 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm |
    • Harold

      I assume you're an Estonian, just like me. Or even if you aren't that's not really what matters. What matters is that our dear little Estonia was a part of russia until 23 years ago. Yes, the US used to be a British colony, in fact not just British but there were also Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, French, Russian colonies and probably more. The point is that was centuries ago, the United States have been there for ages now, opposed to Estonia which is still a pretty young, inexperienced, but a sturdy country.
      Us being called a former Soviet Republic is as offensive to me as it is to you, but I wouldn't call it an ill-advised statement, especially as we are talking about Russia here, which makes up a huge part of our past. I think being referred to as an former Soviet Republic here is to show that we've had to deal with those cruel, inhuman rulers of Russia throughout a huge part of our history. And let's not forget we were a part of the Russian Czar State for centuries before we managed to beat them up in The War of Independence. An independence that barely lasted for 20 years only to be slaughtered and deported all over again by the Russians, although this time, by the "Reds" not the "Whites". So our country hasn't existed for even half a century yet in total, whereas the US have been around "forever" compared to us.
      I hope you got my point.

      April 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Reply
      • PopesValet

        Now ... Tommy ... Go Home and get your shine box.

        April 16, 2014 at 6:13 am |
    • Rick Wired

      "England, a former Danish colony." (1,000 years ago, under Denmark's king Knut/Canute)

      April 16, 2014 at 4:37 am | Reply
  3. Juhan Pruugimees

    US and his allies are so stupid to understand Russians and Slavic-mind. We keep in mind ALL of your faults,bombing other countries,expanding so called Democracy and so called Freedom to them who do not want to play with your faked cards!
    The only Russia and China could stop extending militaristic US and NATO. And stop lying all the time please!

    April 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Greg

      Thank you for your comment. Putin FSB

      April 16, 2014 at 12:12 am | Reply
      • Enri

        Check this:http://m.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/10/russias-online-comment-propaganda-army/280432/ I'm surprised that CNN hasn't look into this, would explain all the pro Putin comments here.

        April 16, 2014 at 4:06 am |
  4. gazzman

    Estonia has had more experience with Russia than most.

    That's true. Estonia sided with the Nazis against Russia.

    This NATO fop needs a hard slap.

    April 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • Greg

      And the slap needs to go to Adolf Putin. With f22s and stealth bombers.

      April 16, 2014 at 12:14 am | Reply
      • JJ

        Like the spirit of missouri? lol

        April 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm |
    • 2Bob

      And Russia sided with the Nazis against Poland.

      April 16, 2014 at 3:25 am | Reply
      • from.latvia

        nice one!

        April 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm |
    • Est

      Estonia had no choice to side with anyone in WW II: Russian army occupied Estonia in 1939, after that there was the deportation of thousands of Estonians to Siberia in 1941 and also mobilisation to the Soviet army. When the German army entered the Estonian territory there was again forced mobilisation.

      April 16, 2014 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • urmo345

      Well, we had to choose between bad and worse. Before Germany invaded USSR estonians alread suffered large scale deportation, repressions and mass murders by soviets.

      April 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • your a russian agent obviously

      estonia didnt choose nazis!
      estonians fought on both sides!
      there were estonians on russian side aswell as nazis side!
      so stfu!
      im an estonian and my grandfather fought on the russian side.
      in essence it was a civil war!
      our people on both sides!
      we didnt have a choice!

      April 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  5. bobo

    NO! You get nothing!.... isn't that what the American people want??? Let Russia take what they want.... Funny.... when you bow down to people and act weak....Bullies take advantage. Obama is a wimp! We need a true leader.....

    April 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  6. menisino

    So, Russia has been asked time after time to move their troops ; time after time they are threatened with sanctions. So where are they? When will the E.U. & Obama find the 'balls' to act. What are you waiting for ? A Russian incursion into Ukraine? Is that when you will act....after the fact, like in Crimea. How did Merkel, Cameron, Hollande, Obama ever become these so-called "leaders' of the free world? Putin could not have imagined being dealt such weak opponents, not one, not two, not three but four of them . Wow.. These four "gutless leaders" actually make me barf.

    April 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Russia can move or not move their troops anywhere they like in their own country. It's none of your business. The only thing weak is your mind. It is incapable of simple reasoning.

      April 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Reply
      • menisino

        Joe, go have another drink of vodka ,Russians are good for that, sloopering all over the place with their lies & propaganda & a useless President who should have stayed in Africa taking Putins lies as gospel History will show him to be nothing more than a social worker from Chicago..

        April 16, 2014 at 12:21 am |
      • your a russian agent obviously

        and nato can move their troops where ever they want!
        so if the usa or any other nato country offers the baltics weapons or troops we will take them gladly!
        we have the same rights to our borders as you do to yours!
        and if russia invades we will fight back no matter how!
        we will never give up a single piece of our tiny country without a bloody bath to the last drop.

        April 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm |
  7. Jaan

    @juhan.

    Greetings.

    Your name not withstanding, you are clearly either posing as an Estonian, or you a native Russian-speaker in Estonia. Your syntax and your word choice are not those of a native Estonian speaker whom is is writing in English (admittedly, very well;) yes, I speak both English and Estonian; English being my first language. For those whom do not-the name used by Juhan translates into "John Trashman."

    If the independence you speak of is that following the Tartu Peace Treaty-it was not "given" it was earned; and it was in 1920-not 1918. Furthermore, it was earned after Estonia beat Russia, thereby ending the Estonian War of Independence. Independence is not something to be given-it is a right. Perhaps in this statement, you are correct; we Americans cannot fathom the Slavic mind; however, the vast majority of my friends whom hail from Russia and other Slavic-majority countries tend to agree with me. Perhaps it is the mindset of a nation largely self-purged of its on intelligentsia that some in the West cannot fathom. Moreover, the independence that was won ended Russian imperial control of Estonia that had been unbroken since the cessation of the Great Northern War.

    The U.S. has condemned the Baltic Legions/Grenadiers gathering every year-check this report please. http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/2011/eur/186348.htm

    Has Russia similarly condemned the yearly gathering around the now-relocated bronze soldier monument-the gathering that includes members of the Destruction Battalions?

    Please see this article re same: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_battalions

    Please, by all means, bear "All of our faults," in mind whilst further antagonizing the world with support for tactics that Molotov would have admired; pray for all those concerned that one of those "faults" is not pushing the world towards the brink of war so that a leader cut from the same cloth as Beria can artificially inflate his domestic support with his posturing.

    I assume you are either from Lasnamäe or somewhere in Ida-Virumaa; I truly ask your forgiveness if I am mistaken, I realize you could also be from Russia itself. However, how can you support the actions of a nation whom butchered Estonians on their own soil, eradicated White Russians in Estonia, and killed ethnic Russians by the thousands in that country?

    In closing, am I safe to assume that the Russian women from Pskov whom flock to Tartu to deliver their babies in the developed world disagree with you re Estonia being a developed country?

    April 15, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • Jaan

      Please read "developed country" in the last line of my initial post as "divided country."

      April 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Juhan Pruugimees

      Why you asking me for the past ?! Why not asking the Germans for WW2 ? Why not asking the France for Napoleon? Why not asking Russia for Peter The Great time ?! And explain now the great difference between Kosovo and Eastern Ukraine territories?! Also give a strong explanation re spreading of Democracy and Freedom to the world?! Did they asked ?!

      April 16, 2014 at 7:36 am | Reply
  8. JJ

    How is it that the Estonian President has a perfect American accent. Never before have I ever seen a world leader, especially in Eastern Europe speak exactly like an American without a hint of accent. Very strange.

    April 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Jaan

      Greetings JJ

      President Ilves is an American whom renounced his citizenship to work for the nation of Estonia. (He has been both an ambassador and presdient.)

      April 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Reply
      • JJ

        That is amazing that any country would ever elect a foreign national as president. Most countries citizens would never tolerate that.

        April 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm |
      • Raiko

        He's parents were Estonians, who escaped from russian terror in the IIWW to Stockholm. Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves born in Stockholm and moved to live to U.S on 1957.

        April 16, 2014 at 12:47 am |
      • Juhan Pruugimees

        And please tell a world Why the President of Estonia is more Estonian citizen (born in Sweden, lived in US) than a woman who born and lives in Estonia ALL THE TIME, paid always taxes, and she is not a Citizen ?! Tell the interesting story once again.

        April 16, 2014 at 7:39 am |
      • P

        Not a foreigner, more like a bilingual or something. Just an estonian family who moved away when things got bad here. He speaks perfect estonian as well. :)

        April 16, 2014 at 7:47 am |
      • Sten

        @Juhan
        Citizenship derives primarily from one’s parents; it is conferred automatically if either parent is Estonian. Children born in the country after 1992, who are younger than 15, and whose parents are stateless residents who have lived in the country for five years, are eligible to acquire citizenship by naturalization at their parents’ request.

        For the parents to acquire citizenship by Naturalization you need to pass the language and civics test which 54% of people who have taken have passed. The problem is with people who after who knows how many years of living and working and paying taxes in Estonia still can't speak Estonian. Also some choose to remain stateless while others choose to be Russian instead.

        April 17, 2014 at 1:39 am |
  9. sergun73

    Baltic nations have never been 'compatible' with the Slavic mindset. From my memory, you guys were always too different. I'd say, too European. Everyone saw that, and every Russian perfectly understood that too. There was NOTHING that could have been done to bond with you, to assimilate you, or to win your love. And my personal sentiment has always been that taking you into USSR was a big mistake – a dear mistake that has imploded USSR from within.

    The calls for an arms race however, appear to be short-sighted. Do Estonians really need an extra NATO plane or two cruising over their heads so that they could sleep well? Are you serious? Russia has 1,247 nuclear warheads – can you draw that many dots on a piece of paper? How much time it will take you?

    If I wanted to sleep well, I'd make my enemy closer to me. You saw what happened in Ukraine – why didn't you step up? You're European, right? So why didn't you suggest that the Ukraine's problems were resolved the European way? There are good examples in Europe where folks speaking different languages can co-exist in piece, stay neutral and prosper at the same time within one state. If you stepped up and suggested that from the day one, your voice would have been heard. You didn't. Why? That would've violated your principle of subordination? Didn't want upsetting your 'allies'? If so, are you really independent? And now – a blame game? One guy responsible for everything? Poking the bear with a stick in order to sleep well? Labeling one guy with a stick a freedom fighter and another guys with a stick – a terrorist. Why? Because that piece of puzzle perfectly fits into your childish book of stereotypes?

    Sometimes I think that many European leaders such as Ilves or Hollande are hired actors, the 'talking heads' that read someone else's scripts. Not a single strong personality, who is truly honest, truly independent. Someone who does not sing along the choir, but has the guts to step up and express his OWN opinion. Opinion that's free from the stereotypes, is a result of deep analytical thinking, not another parrot or a monkey, who tracks his popularity from twitter. Very sad really.

    April 15, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • ,,

      _There are good examples in Europe where folks speaking different languages can co-exist in piece, stay neutral and prosper at the same time within one state._

      You know, like Estonia right now. We don't need any of russia's meddling.

      April 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  10. CelestialOne

    Another Yankee lackey...

    April 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  11. dzo

    Ilves is completely right. Putin is the new Stalin, even more sophisticated and insane.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  12. steve worley nz

    What the west has to do is to get inside the thinking of the Russian inner circle ....perhaps the west should look at what
    Russia is not telling them (ie they have identified a huge problem in the economy in the not too distant future) and is now on the path to rectify that problem. economical political geographical – we have to work out what it is !

    April 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  13. elvinmerij

    Don't listen to the Estonian President. He is sounding like the Premier of South Vietnam in 1961.

    Do you want that again? You know what I am talking about. Stop the fear-mongering now. Don't listen to these Russia-haters.

    April 16, 2014 at 12:10 am | Reply
    • Greg

      We all hate Russia, for its exterminations, gulags, expansionism, thuggery and violence. Heil Putin, the new hitler.

      April 16, 2014 at 12:16 am | Reply
      • Rick Wired

        I hear you. Yet, ironically, the Soviets did most of the hard work with defeating the Nazis.

        April 16, 2014 at 5:15 am |
      • Juhan Pruugimees

        You lies. US and NATO behaving at same roads. Yugoslavia bombing (then Kosovo), Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt. Who had bombed? Prisons, tortures...You are acting with double standards always.

        April 16, 2014 at 7:45 am |
  14. Tõnu Mandel

    Russian=imperialists 90%.
    What imperialists do?
    Occupation new territorium.
    Clear!

    April 16, 2014 at 12:27 am | Reply
  15. Max001

    Estonian president is a hypocrite, russophobic, and pitiful servant of US. Wish he was so outspoken and brave to blame US for Iraq, or Lybia bombings, I repeat BOB BOMBING. . But no, president of the country who SENT TROOPS TO IRAQ, and which constantly discriminates and marginalizes russian population, having monunents installed for SS war criminals, is now shakining in his little boots that may be time came to pay its dues for years of opression or russian population. P.S. his bowtie makes him look like a clown, not a president.

    April 16, 2014 at 2:04 am | Reply
    • Ted Striker

      LOL Russians being oppressed everywhere ! Funny

      April 16, 2014 at 3:05 am | Reply
    • That Guy

      Not True at all that he is a servant of the US. There are no Monuments for SS war criminals, (I would Know If actually been there twice, for a total of 7 weeks going around the little but beautiful nation), and there is a lot of People in Estonia who have not forgiven the Russians for what they did from 1941-1991 (i.e. rape, murder, deportation, etc). And there is no oppression of Russian people are you looney? Finally I point out the fact that it would make sense for a nation so small as Estonia (under 2 million, as well as being small geographically) to be afraid of a nation which is lead by a lunatic, militaristic, dictator who has command of one of the largest and most powerful armies on the planet.

      P.S .. Very few people not only know how to were a bow tie, but also how to tie it as well (not a clip on).

      April 16, 2014 at 11:24 am | Reply
      • That Guy

        Also when i said that they haven't forgiven, i simply mean the politicians, or people who partook in doing such atrocities, they do not hate/despise the average Russian civilian.

        Ps. Damn Auto-Correct.

        April 16, 2014 at 11:29 am |
  16. Observer

    It appears that the only thing that will stop the Russians is NATO troops on their border. NATO should be having exercises in Ukraine now.

    April 16, 2014 at 3:07 am | Reply
    • Ted Striker

      Agree

      April 16, 2014 at 3:08 am | Reply
    • Juhan Pruugimees

      You want a hot-war ?! Or only near the PC display at home? Ukraine is quasi-country,same as Kosovo ,it is still Serbia !

      April 16, 2014 at 7:01 am | Reply
  17. Ted Striker

    Put a US brigade in Estonia and see how tough Putin talks then

    They are our ally and we are bound to defend them.

    Russians people are eating up so much propaganda it's pathetic. It's like the Americans back in 2003.

    April 16, 2014 at 3:07 am | Reply
  18. Gary M. Vasey

    To all paid Russian Commentators – Go find somebody else to spread your malicious propaganda to please... We know that Russia is behaving like Nazi Germany and we know your leader is a criminal who has robed you all of billions of your silly currency. Stay in Russia. Don't bother the rest of us with your inane stupidity.

    April 16, 2014 at 3:20 am | Reply
    • Rick Wired

      There are no "paid" Russian commentators (nor are there any "paid" Chinese commentators). The world isn't black or white, and Russia is, of course, not all "bad", nor are Russian arguments always without merit. Grow up!

      April 16, 2014 at 5:20 am | Reply
      • ,,

        They don't necessarily have to be paid, a lot of them do it out of patriotism towards their country. The rest get paid though.

        "RUSSIA STRONK"

        April 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm |
    • Juhan Pruugimees

      U so resentful and injured in mind, don't cry for Russia, Vasey! Stay tuned and informed better.

      April 16, 2014 at 10:32 am | Reply
  19. Brian

    Estonia, also known as "Next". Warm up on your Russian, "Estonians".

    April 16, 2014 at 3:31 am | Reply
  20. Les Bush Poet

    Reblogged this on ldbush21.

    April 16, 2014 at 5:22 am | Reply
  21. ABCD

    Perhaps someone would be interested in listening to an independet point of view from russian citisen as i am. Right now i'm sitting in the center of Moscow and i am ethnically russian (not ukrainian, jewish, estonian nor enything else). First of all everyone has to realize that russian people ARE NOT FREE. The whole country are put in such conditions were people cannot think objectively. Most of the people (those that live not in big cities like Moscow or St.Petersburg) live in very poor conditions (poverty, no roads, poor and old infrastructure, low quality of healthcare, bad food, terrible corruption, poor education, very big stratification of society). They don't have access to internet. They can only watch government regulated TV channells that are fiilled with terrible lies. And even those who have access to Internet can only read russian media sites that are controlled by the government too. Actually there is no independet mass media in Russia AT ALL. When i say "at all" i mean really AT ALL! Maybe except few personnel blogs. Putin is not botherd about foreighn mass media because in russia almost none can speak english at level that allows to understand news in english. Living in Moscow and working in a big finantial company i personally know only 3 people (except me) who can understand english well enough for that. I realize that there is no independent mass media in the world, but it's allways useful to read at least different points of veiw to make your own opinion. All mass media in Russia repeat the same point through all the channels all day long (and very often): "terribly bad crisis in the West", "western people live in very bad conditions", "US/UK/Germany/etc failed here or there", "Russia is the light of the world", "Putin has decided to do this or that", etc. Why am i saying so? For you to realise that absolute majority in Russia DO really support Putin in all his decisions and really belive in all that lies. Considering this i tend to believe that the majority of english speaking people here who support Russia and blame US are really paid russian commentators.
    There is also one big problem about us russians. That is that nationalism that has been imposed through the ages by the leaders of the country. Travelling across the world (and not only travelling, because i also lived for 3 yeard in Denmark) i made my point of view that the poorer the people live the more they are imposed the nationalism ideas by their leaders. That happenes because it is much easier to control the nation that believe that it is a very special one than those that believe that all people are equal.
    This all is very sad because i can't see good future for Russia. All moves here a leading to the loss. If NATO is not get involved and don't station troops next to the border of Russia Putin will surely annex eastern Ukrain and get what he wants (which is absolitely wrong and i know a bunch of ukrainians from the east part who don't want that at all). And his internal raiting will rocket again. This will no doubt lead to the isolation of Russia. If NATO get involved Putin probably would be put in his place and most Ukraine will be free from his clan corruption but he will tighten his grip on russian people stronger and they will suffer much from this. This will lead to the next level of brainwashing and prosecusion for different thinking. I don't know what to do here.
    And especially for those who are going to blame me in getting paid by the US for this post: NO i don't approve NATO bombing Serbia and Irak at all, but i do approve the same in Afghanistan and Libya.
    Hope this will help americans to see the situation from inside. Have a nice day everyone.

    April 16, 2014 at 7:22 am | Reply
    • GlueBall

      In the case of Ukraine-Crimea, it has been an overwhelming majority of citizens who voted to join Russia; probably a vast majority of citizens in east Ukraine would also prefer to join Russia. Irrespective of Putin's daring-do, the majority of citizens' aspirations must be respected.

      April 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • james

      I think you are right. Nobody know how last long for this crisis will be end.But one thing for sure is the future of Russians not much brightening. And Putin will put more pressured on his own people.

      April 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  22. top

    Why does not CNN reports that soldiers surrender to demonstrators and shake hands with them, and city of Odessa in West Ukraine is fall!?

    April 16, 2014 at 7:50 am | Reply
  23. aethweth

    9.

    warning

    you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to collect informations,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??
    تحذير قد تكون مراقب
    هل تستخدم امريكا و اسرائيل الانترنت بمواقعه (فيس بوك,يوتيوب,تويتر,غرف الشات....الخ) للتجسس؟
    warning you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to collect informations,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??
    تحذير قد تكون مراقب
    هل تستخدم امريكا و اسرائيل الانترنت بمواقعه (فيس بوك,يوتيوب,تويتر,غرف الشات....الخ) للتجسس؟
    warning you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to spy??
    do usa&israel use the internet 2 collect informations,,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??

    April 16, 2014 at 8:39 am | Reply
  24. Liam

    Simply put...a rebuilding of NATO is essential, that is the hard reality, Putin is pushing where he can, and using the excuse of "protecting ethnic Russians" The same way that Hitler used taking care of "ethnic Germans". Second reality APPEASEMENT DOES NOT WORK! iF WE REFUSE TO PUT MORE PRESSURE AND BACK IT UP. PUTIN WILL RUN OVER MOST OF EASTERN EUROPE AND PRESSURE WESTERN EUROPE TO DO HIS BIDDING!!

    April 16, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
  25. aethweth

    q35.

    warning

    you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to collect informations,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??
    تحذير قد تكون مراقب
    هل تستخدم امريكا و اسرائيل الانترنت بمواقعه (فيس بوك,يوتيوب,تويتر,غرف الشات....الخ) للتجسس؟
    warning you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to collect informations,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??
    تحذير قد تكون مراقب
    هل تستخدم امريكا و اسرائيل الانترنت بمواقعه (فيس بوك,يوتيوب,تويتر,غرف الشات....الخ) للتجسس؟
    warning you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to spy??
    do usa&israel use the internet 2 collect informations,,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??

    April 16, 2014 at 9:34 am | Reply
  26. aethweth

    q36.

    warning

    you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to collect informations,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??
    تحذير قد تكون مراقب
    هل تستخدم امريكا و اسرائيل الانترنت بمواقعه (فيس بوك,يوتيوب,تويتر,غرف الشات....الخ) للتجسس؟
    warning you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to collect informations,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??
    تحذير قد تكون مراقب
    هل تستخدم امريكا و اسرائيل الانترنت بمواقعه (فيس بوك,يوتيوب,تويتر,غرف الشات....الخ) للتجسس؟
    warning you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to spy??
    do usa&israel use the internet 2 collect informations,,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??

    April 16, 2014 at 9:35 am | Reply
  27. Alexey

    This guy is just a clown.

    April 16, 2014 at 11:19 am | Reply
  28. Franck

    There is so much Propaganda on both sides of the Sphere it is Nauseating really, but one thing is eveidently clear to me, that whoever is investing in the development of Arms and are in the Buisiness of Arms Sales now, are about to make a lot of Money. It is no coincedence that all of the major players that created this Crisis are also major Arms supplying Countries, the Devil is in the fine Details for those who are really observant, of the Facts.

    April 16, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  29. Rimas

    ...it might sound strange at the moment, but the only possibility to stop Putin right now is to elect secretary general of the NATO from one of the post soviet country's – Poland or Baltic states.

    ...it might sound strange at the moment, but the only possibility to stop Putin right now is to elect secretary general of the NATO from one of the post soviet country's – Poland or Baltic states.
    This will make Putin to have second thoughts about doing something mad.

    April 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  30. Western Propaganda

    President Western Puppet is worried that all the Russians he oppressed and stripped of basic civil rights will revolt and demand self determination

    April 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • ,,

      He's not a puppet and nobody is being oppressed or stripped of their "basic civil rights".

      April 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  31. Western Propaganda

    Would you like to know more?

    Follow #RussianSpring

    April 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Reply
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