Newscast Media MOSCOW—The people have spoken. Crimeans have voted in a
referendum to join Russia after a coup in Ukraine forced its President Viktor
Yanukovych to seek refuge in Russia. With over half the votes in, election officials
say that over 95 percent of Crimeans have voted in favor of joining Russia.
Russia could absorb Crimea in a matter of weeks, the head of the region’s parliament
told RIA Novosti in an exclusive interview.
Barack Obama called and spoke to Putin, rejecting the results because of an alleged
violation of the Ukrainian Constitution. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The democratically-elected Crimean parliament has
cast its vote to become part of Russia, a move that was predicted last week after
the coup in Ukraine occurred.
Now Barack Obama believes that even though the Crimean government, which was
elected democratically has cast a legitimate vote, the referendum to be held within
the next 10 days that will consummate the final act will be illegitimate.
On the other hand, Obama believes the current Ukrainian government that violated
the constitution by the way it seized power, is the legitimate government, even
though Crimeans beg to differ.
“Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of
Ukraine,” Obama said.
In the eyes of Crimeans, no legitimate Ukrainian government exists, and they want to
hold their referendum on their future, yet Obama says it is an international crime?
“The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian
constitution and violate international law,” Obama told reporters at the White House.
Perhaps Obama is forgetting that during the Kosovo war, the U.S backed a plan by
U.N. special envoy and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, to break away from
Serbia, an action that Russia vehemently opposed.
After Kosovo eventually broke away and declared independence, Russia demanded an
emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to proclaim the declaration
“null and void,” but the meeting produced no resolution.
The breaking away by Crimea from Ukraine to join Mother Russia, is payback time for
Russia, and it’s Putin’s way of saying to the West: “Checkmate.”