Transcript of September 5, 2014 audio recording by Marielena Montesino de Stuart
TOPIC: The crisis in Ukraine and the NATO Summit
Good evening dear friends, in the United States and around the world. This is Marielena Montesino de Stuart speaking to you on Friday September 5, 2014.
The beautiful green sloping hills of a golf resort in southern Wales served as a backdrop for the NATO Summit, yesterday and today, where sixty world leaders met, in order to discuss the chaos that has unfolded in the Middle East and Ukraine. This meeting included NATO allies and partners.
NATO is the world’s most powerful military alliance– and during the last 10 years it has focused mostly on the war in Afghanistan. Now it has to also focus on other countries, including Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. Without question, Ukraine was the main topic of discussion during the first day of this summit.
Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, did not show much enthusiasm at the NATO summit when he spoke about the “peace” initiative. I do not believe this peace will last.
Indeed, there is not much to be enthusiastic about, considering that Vladimir Putin is calling the shots—having told José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, “if I want, I can take Kiev in two weeks.” I would have liked to see Barroso’s face upon hearing this threat.
After nearly six months and over 2,600 dead, a 12-point agreement was signed in Minsk this afternoon, by leaders of the separatist movement, Ukrainian government representatives and OSCE delegates. President Poroschenko announced from the NATO summit that the separatists must be closely watched by OSCE– which is the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The OSCE is based in Vienna.
This is the same OSCE that tried to send electoral observers to Texas before the U.S. Presidential election, in November 2012. The Attorney General of Texas, Greg Abbott, reacted by threatening to arrest OSCE officials if they attempted to enter the electoral premises, which is in violation of Texas law. In response, the U.S. State Department argued that the OSCE observers enjoy immunity privileges.
But Abbott responded that the OSCE had compromised its objective by meeting with voter-suppression watchdog groups like Project Vote. “Project Vote,” wrote Abbott, “is closely affiliated with ACORN, which collapsed in disgrace, after its role in a widespread voter-registration fraud scheme was uncovered.”
Do you get the picture, dear friends?
Ukraine has entered a dead end road, having to choose between European Union socialists and a former KGB thug—while seeking the protection of “progressive” groups like the OSCE. This is why I wrote the article titled Ukraine in the Key of G —which I urge you to read—if you haven’t already.
Meanwhile, Russia continues to warn Ukraine that it better not join NATO. Not to worry. As I discussed in my article titled Russia Decides Ukraine’s Future, it is not beneficial for the United States’ geopolitical interests to include Ukraine in the NATO alliance at this point. And Ukraine is being very accommodating to Moscow. Poroschenko expressed that he would take “significant steps, including decentralization of power, which guarantee economic freedoms and the rights to use any languages on this territory.”
Truce or no truce, the fact is that separatists now control large areas, which are economically important for Ukraine.
As I said before, I doubt that this truce will hold, since today’s agreement still does not solve the key issue of Ukraine’s choice of an economic and political path. If Ukraine chooses the European Union, Putin will continue to show his unhappiness, because to him this means that Ukraine would be one step closer to joining NATO
So what do we make of all this?
Well, NATO’s Secretary General [Anders Fogh Rasmussen] said, “Should you even think of attacking one ally you will be facing the whole alliance.” This must refer to the rapid response group that is committed to the region.
These words sound good, but Putin will not be happy unless he is the guy in charge of the neighborhood, which leaves the region in a constant state of fear—best expressed this week by the President of Georgia: “We are always worried and concerned about Russia being unhappy…”
Someone has to say the truth… (please share it).
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