Monday, March 24, 2014
OBAMA TRYS TO RALLY THE WORLD TO OUST PUTIN FROM EVERYTHING
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)
EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18
THE RUSSIA - UKRAINE SITUATION AT 10:50AM MON MAR 24,14
Obama to try to rally world to isolate Russia-By JIM KUHNHENN 1 hour ago-MAR 24,14-Yahoonews
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Barack Obama delved into a day of delicate diplomacy Monday as he sought to rally the international community around efforts to isolate Russia following its incursion into Ukraine.Hours after arriving in the Netherlands for a nuclear summit, Obama held one-on-one talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. China has often sided with Russia in disputes with the West, but U.S. officials have been appealing to Beijing's well-known opposition to outside interference in other nation's domestic affairs.Obama treaded carefully in statements with Xi before their meeting, saying only that they planned to discuss the situation in Ukraine."I believe ultimately, that by working together, China and the United States can help strengthen international law and respect for the sovereignty of nations and establish the kind of rules internationally that allow all peoples to thrive," Obama said in a subtle appeal for Chinese support.He added that he and the Chinese leader would also seek to "work through frictions that exist in our relations" on matters like human rights and maritime disputes.Xi, for his part, pointed to areas of potential cooperation with the U.S. as he settled in for what Obama described as a wide-ranging session. "It is like a menu — and a rich one at that," Xi said through an interpreter.Obama's meeting with Xi opened a week of international travel where crisis in Ukraine tops the agenda. After arriving in the Netherlands on a sunny and brisk Monday morning and meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Obama asserted that the U.S. and Europe stand together behind Ukraine.No issue commands more of Obama's and Europe's attention than Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and the fear that Moscow could decide to expand further into Ukraine. But Obama also is attempting to use his weeklong trip to personally reconnect not only with Europe but Asia and the Middle East, all strategically crucial regions with their own tensions and qualms about the U.S.Obama's meeting with Xi highlighted another tricky front in U.S. international relations and comes just a day after The New York Times and the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the U.S. National Security Agency had hacked into the servers of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.Meanwhile, China has been wary of Obama's efforts to increase U.S. influence in the Asia Pacific region. The U.S. has also called for restraint in China's maritime territorial disputes with Japan and its Southeast Asian neighbors.China, a frequent Russian ally, abstained a week ago from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution declaring Crimea's secession referendum illegal. With Russia vetoing the measure and the 13 other council members voting in favor, China's abstention served to isolate Moscow internationally.Nuclear terrorism was the official topic as Obama and other world leaders streamed in to a convention center in The Hague for a two-day nuclear summit. It opened Monday with Japan announcing it would turn over to the U.S. more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a supply of highly-enriched uranium, a victory for Obama's efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world.But the headline event of the day is a Ukraine-focused, hurriedly scheduled meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized economies — the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.On Tuesday, Obama plans a joint meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, a session preceded by a sit-down with Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the richest emirate in the United Arab Emirates federation.In an interview with the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant published before he arrived Monday, Obama says his message to European leaders is that Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to "understand the economic and political consequences of his actions in Ukraine."
Still, he said he does not view Europe as a battleground between the East and the West. "That's the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War," he said. "On the contrary, it's important that Ukraine have good relations with the United States, Russia, and Europe."Discussion among Obama and his G-7 counterparts will center on economic aid to Ukraine, while at the same time seeking to segregate Putin from the exclusive group, which Russia usually joins in Group of Eight meetings.More broadly, the Ukraine crisis will test Obama's ability to forge a unified and forceful stance against Russia from European leaders who are alarmed by Putin's moves but whose economies are dependent on Russian energy and trade.In the interview, Obama conceded that the sanctions he has threatened against Russian economic sectors could have worldwide impacts.But, he added: "If Russia continues to escalate the situation, we need to be prepared to impose a greater cost."___Follow Jim Kuhnhenn at http://twitter.com/jkuhnhenn
Nato general warns about Moldova, Baltics-23.03.14 @ 22:42-By Valentina Pop
Brussels - Nato’s top general, Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russia has amassed enough troops on the eastern Ukrainian border for a new invasion and said Nato will mobilise troops to defend the Baltics if need be."The force that is now at the Ukrainian border - to the east - is very, very sizeable and very, very ready. You cannot defend against that if you are not there to defend against it. So I think we need to think about our allies, the positioning of our forces in the alliance and the readiness of the forces so we can be there to defend against it if required, especially in the Baltics," he said on Sunday (23 March) at the Brussels Forum, an event organised by the German Marshall Fund, a think tank.He noted that Russia could no longer be trusted to respect national borders when it carries out military exercises."We saw several snap exercises executed in which large formations of forces were brought to readiness and exercised and then they stood down. And then as we have all seen, a snap exercise with large formations brought into readiness and boom, into Crimea, they went, with a highly prepared force," Breedlove said.He also warned the current number of troops amassed along the eastern Ukrainian border may pose a threat for Moldova and its separatist region of Transniestria, which last week requested to be incorporated into Russia on the Crimean model."There is absolutely sufficient force postured on the eastern border of Ukraine to run to Transnistria if the decision was made to do that and that's very worrisome,” he said."When we talk about threat in the military, we marry capability with intent. We know the capability absolutely exists to do that and cause that problem. We see some of the same rhetoric used before going into Crimea so if that's the first indication of intent, that's very worrisome," he added.What Nato states may consider doing is to move troops and hold war games closer to Russia, the general indicated.He noted that the military alliance already moved fighter jets from Italy and the UK to Poland and the Baltic states and moved some of its warships into the Black Sea.Breedlove said Nato has been trying to partner with Russia, but Moscow is now "behaving like an adversary."His last contact with his Russian counterpart, general Valery Gerasimov, was on the day after the invasion of Crimea began."I will try to maintain that line of communication, we will insist from each other truth in what we speak. Sometimes we don't see truth in the same way," he said.In Moscow, deputy defence minister Anatoly Antonov said Russia is in compliance with international law on troop limits and said international inspectors had conducted missions in the last month to check on Russian troop movements."We have nothing to hide there," Antonov was quoted by state news agencies as saying.
Ukraine withdraws military from Crimea-Peninsula’s deputy premier says all troops have either joined Russians or are leaving disputed territory-By AFP March 24, 2014, 2:08 pm 0-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
KIEV — Ukraine on Monday ordered its troops to withdraw from Crimea following the flashpoint peninsula’s seizure and annexation by Russia in response to the fall in Kiev of a pro-Kremlin regime.
The dramatic announcement came just as world leaders gathered in The Hague for a nuclear security summit dominated by concern over the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.A top commander in NATO had warned on Sunday that the Western military alliance was carefully watching massive Russian troop formations on the eastern border of Ukraine that could theoretically make a push across the vast ex-Soviet country at any point.Ukraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov told top lawmakers that both servicemen and their families would now be relocated on the mainland.“The national security and defense council has reached a decision, under instructions from the defense ministry, to conduct a redeployment of military units stationed in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” Turchynov said in nationally televised remarks.“The cabinet of ministers has instructions to resettle the families of soldiers as well as everyone else who today is forced to leave their homes under the pressure and aggression of the Russian army’s occupying forces.”Crimea’s pro-Kremlin deputy premier Rustam Temirgaliyev told Russia’s RIA Novosti state news agency that “all Ukrainian soldiers have either switched to the Russian side or are leaving the territory of the Crimea.”Turchynov’s announcement came less than a month after Russian President Vladimir Putin won authorization to use force in response to the February 22 ouster of pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych regime by more nationalist leaders who are seeking a closer alliance with Europe.Ukraine’s heavily outnumbered forces had been steadily losing ground on the Black Sea peninsula and saw their main airbase outside the regional capital Simferopol stormed by Russian troops on Saturday.The assault by Russian forces and pro-Kremlin militias continued on Monday with the fall of a Ukrainian naval base in the east Crimean port of Feodosia.Turchynov praised his country’s soldiers despite heavy criticism by some Crimean commanders of confusion and indecision reigning among the army and naval brass in Kiev over the past month.“Despite the enormous losses, the Ukrainian soldiers in Crimea did their duty,” said Turchynov. “Most importantly, they gave the Ukrainian armed forces the opportunity to prepare their defenses, to put the military on full combat alert, and to launch a partial mobilization.”Several top officials had warned on Sunday that they feared an attack by Kremlin forces on the heavily Russified regions of southeastern Ukraine was now imminent.Commando-style operation.Russia’s latest surprise assault in Crimea came in the pre-dawn hours on Monday and involved both armored personnel carriers and stun grenades.The Ukrainian defense ministry said Russian paratroopers were lowered onto the Feodosia naval base from four helicopters in a commando-style operation in which guns were fired in the air and stun grenades strewn across the facility in intimidation.Several military trucks were seen leaving the base less than two hours later with some Ukrainian marines whose hands had been tied.The Ukrainian statement said two commanders were injured when they were kicked in the face before being taken away in a helicopter in an unknown direction.An AFP reporter saw the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag above the base taken down and replaced with Russia’s tricolour.The ministry later said that between “60 to 80 marines were captured” in violation of a prior agreement with the Russians.The base in Feodosiya housed Ukraine’s only marine battalion. The country’s marine union said it was home to an elite unit that was part of the navy.News agencies in Moscow cited the Russian defense ministry as saying that 189 Ukrainian military facilities and bases in Crimea were flying the Russian flag by Saturday.
British Lords want more power over EU laws
Today @ 10:15-mar 24,14-euobserver-By Benjamin Fox
BRUSSELS - National parliaments should be able to initiate reviews of existing EU law, according to a report by the UK parliament.The paper, published on Monday (24 March), by the House of Lords' EU committee, says domestic lawmakers should have more power in the EU legislative process."There should be a way for a group of like-minded national parliaments to make constructive suggestions for EU policy initiatives," it notes."We would envisage a ‘Green Card’ as recognising a right for a number of national parliaments working together to make constructive policy or legislative suggestions, including for the review or repeal of existing legislation, not creating a (legally more problematic) formal right for national parliaments to initiate legislation."The Lisbon treaty introduced a regime allowing national lawmakers to formally object to a proposed EU law.If objections to a proposal are submitted by at least a third of the bloc's national assemblies, a so-called "yellow card" is triggered, and the European Commission is expected to review the proposal.In the four years since the Lisbon treaty came into force, the yellow card has only been used twice, however.A number of national parliaments have also accused the commission of ignoring their objections.Frustration with the system reached a head last autumn when the commission ignored a yellow card by 18 parliaments on plans to establish a European Public Prosecutor’s Office.The proposal, which would establish an EU-level body with the exclusive power to investigate and prosecute criminal offences relating to the EU's financial interests, is now being negotiated by MEPs and ministers.The second yellow card was issued against a draft law affecting the right to strike, which the commission abandoned in 2012 citing opposition from governments."Technical deficiencies have meant that the [yellow card] procedure has not been as effective as hoped," said the Lords' report.It added that when a yellow card is created, the EU executive should be required to "either drop the proposal in question, or substantially amend it in order to meet the concerns expressed".Peers also want to increase the deadline for national chambers to issue an opinion on a legislative proposal, from 8 weeks to 16 weeks.Giving national parliaments the power to block unwanted European legislation is one of the reforms demanded by UK prime minister David Cameron as he seeks to re-write the UK membership terms of the bloc. The plan has also been backed by a handful of other governments.
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