“Stop talking and start acting”. With this simple phrase, US Vice President Joe Biden rips into Russian President Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
All their bluster, all their words, all their accusations, all are for naught. Russia’s war of words is being turned around. Their web of lies is being used against them. Their deceit and illegal actions all appear for what they are: a farce.
Furthermore, Mr. Biden issued a warning to Russia that more “provocative behaviour” would lead to “greater isolation”. He further urged Moscow to cease support for pro-Russian militant extremists.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pledged support for Ukraine, which he said “is in a struggle for its very future.” Biden said the road ahead is difficult, but that Ukrainians “will not walk this road alone.”
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Сергей Анастасов (Sergei Anastasov) http://vk.com/anastasovserg
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Russian citizens, this blog is for you.
Russia and the United States are total opposites when it comes to freedom of the press. The United States holds Press Freedom very near and dear. It is implied through out 1st Amendment to our Constitution, which guarantees US citizens Freedom of Speech.
We do not see that freedom in Russia, we do not see that freedom of speech and, especially, we do not see Freedom of the Press. When is the last time you saw an article critical of President Putin, even though there are rallies in Moscow of 50,000 or more, spontaneous rallies, showing mass discontent for the Russian administration’s policy on freedom of the press.
Today, the Washington Post editorial board showed discontent for US President Obama’s lack of aggressiveness in regards to Ukraine. The editorial board’s article is highly critical of the US President and is titled “President Obama, disregarding his own red line, dithers on Ukraine.” In the article, they highlight that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov negotiated in Geneva and agreed to certain binding agreements.
US Secretary of State Kerry said
We fully expect the Russians . . . to demonstrate their seriousness by insisting that the pro-Russian separatists who they’ve been supporting lay down their arms [and] leave the buildings” in eastern Ukraine, he said. “I made clear to Foreign Minister [Sergei] Lavrov today that if we are not able to see progress . . . this weekend, then we will have no choice but to impose further costs on Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov responded
Mr. Lavrov said this even though the pro-Russian separatists appear to be instigating all the violence and choas.
The Washington Post’s editorial board ended their article with
For weeks Mr. Obama has held back on forceful measures against Mr. Putin’s aggression in Ukraine on the theory that a measured approach matched with diplomacy would yield results. The policy has failed. Now Mr. Obama must act — or doom Ukraine to dismemberment.
This, Comrade Vladimir Vladimirovich, is called freedom of the press. This, citizens of Russia, is how your newspapers and websites should read every day. Question everything, speak out when you disagree and hold your representatives, especially your President, accountable. Their corruption is not acceptable. They are taking away your freedoms.
President Putin is out of control. He is increasingly taking away your freedoms of expression. He just took over VKontakte. He is running all your newspapers and telling them what to say. If anybody does publish an article critical of his policies, they are fired. He just had US journalist Simon Orstrovsky kidnapped in East Ukraine. Your President is controlling the information you read, the information that your talk with your friends and the information that is being reported. They are lying to you.
Russia, is this what you want?
BY BRIAN RIES
1 HOUR AGO
Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been taken by militia in Eastern Ukraine, Mashable has learned.
The reporter for Vice News, who has been filing a series of compelling video dispatches from Ukraine since early March, was “taken” in Sloviansk, Russian media outlet gazeta.ru reports (translation by The Interpreter):
The “People’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, said that the militia has taken the American journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, hostage, reports a correspondent for Gazeta.ru, Ponomarev announced this during a press conference at the House of Culture in Slavyansk.
Sloviansk’s self-appointed “People’s Mayor,” Vachislav Ponomaryov, reportedly held a press conference where he claimed to call Ostrovsky’s parents to assure them that their son was okay, the outlet reports. “Nobody abducted him, nobody is holding him hostage, he’s with us now in at the SBU, preparing material and working,” Ponomaryov said, raising the remote possibility that Ostrovsky is merely embedded with the militia.
But Roland Oliphant, Moscow correspondent for The Telegraph, says the mayor and his press secretary confirmed the reporter was “in custody” at the press conference. “But very little further information so far,” he adds.
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Dr. Leigh Armistead, President, Peregrine Technical Solutions along with the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD), National Security Agency (NSA) are pleased to announce a collaborative effort for the April 2014 edition of the Journal of Information Warfare (JIW). In this special JIW issue, a number of highly technical subject matter experts from NSA will produce a unique unclassified publication that focuses on cyber security efforts in realizing “Confidence in Cyberspace.”
Congratulations to Dr. Armistead, for this notable success. Leigh is a good friend, colleague and coworker.
The BBC published a photo showing the same man from Russian Special Forces in Georgia in 2008, and Kramatorsk (Ukraine in 2014 and then in Sloviansk (Ukraine), also in 2014.
“There are no Russian units, special services or instructors in the east of Ukraine,” President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
Russian Active Measures are not nearly as efficient as Soviet Active Measures, they may be much more amateurish than their Soviet past.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is the big loser in this battle of words. Once again, his subordinates have hung him out to take the brunt of the blame.
Russia, we know you’re better than this. Perhaps you might want to take the top two layers of Active Measures experts and execute them for the embarrassment you caused President Putin?