"Russia could ease tensions with Ukraine if it were to move its troops away from its border with Ukraine and begin direct talks with the Kiev government, President Obama said in an interview aired Friday by CBS News. "You've seen a range of troops massing along that border under the guise of military exercises, but these are not what Russia would normally be doing," the President said. "It may simply be an effort to intimidate Ukraine, or it may be that they've got additional plans. "And, in either case, what we need right now to resolve and de-escalate the situation would be for Russia to move back those troops and to begin negotiations directly with the Ukrainian government as well as the international community.""
That leaves me wondering about U.S. and South Korean joint war-games held annually off the coast of North Korea. What is the aim of those? A show of strength to North Korea? Intimidation?
Pop over to the Wall Street Journal re massed Russian troops and the situation is assessed and reported in a different manner.
"Western observers have found no evidence of a military build-up along Russia's border with Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry said on its website Friday. The West has been urging Russia to move its troops away from its border with Ukraine after media reports that the country has been building up its military presence there. The statement from Russia's foreign ministry referred to inspections by Ukrainian and Western observers as well as survey flights by German and U.S. planes over the border territory, all of which, it said, found no evidence of military escalation. The ministry questioned the objectivity of Western politicians regarding the presence of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine. "Is objective information collected by military inspectors not provided to the political leadership [of Western countries]? Or are these leaders, yielding to their emotions, inclined to ignore the facts in order to satisfy their own political tastes and preferences?" the ministry said."
Usually we do not copy such large chunks of others news report but in this case it provides an important lesson. Who should you believe and why? Who can you believe?
This week U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned Russian involvement in Crimea and the Ukraine as nothing more than a land grab. He spoke at length stressing how that has not happened in modern times.
But that of course leaves the question of Israel. Their constant border shifts are surely land grabs?
They can spin events however they like but look below the surface for a glimpse of the rotten truth.
In the last minutes the Independent reports "Ukraine crisis: Obama warns Russia 'must pull back troops' from Ukraine border."
What troops we wonder? Real or fictitious?
Wall Street Journal