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Obama, Putin Discuss
Ukraine, Missile Treaty

Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor *

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/1/2014 5:11:48 PM

Washington - President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday that the United States remains deeply concerned that Russia is ramping up support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. He later conceded that pressure from recently imposed U.S. and European sanctions "hasn´t resolved the problem yet." In a phone call between the two leaders, Obama also raised concerns that Russia violated a key Cold War era nuclear weapons treaty, the White House said. The Obama administration has said Russia violated a 1987 treaty that bans all U.S. and Russian missiles of intermediate range, meaning those that can travel

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* [w/ Josh Lederman & Jim Heintz].

"Ukraine gave up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which it signed together with Britain, United States and Russia. It provided guarantees of Ukraine´s sovereignty in exchange for a commitment, since fulfilled, to give up the country´s nuclear weapons." (Reuters - Mar 24, 2014).

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/24/us-ukraine-crisis-un-idUSBREA2N1UK20140324

No mention of this very important fact in discussion with Putin on phone, nor in 0bama´s TOTUS news conference today.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 8/1/2014 5:18:32 PM     (No. 9949801)

And Putin replied, "...but Barack, you need to be MORE flexible, MORE flexible!"

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Reply 2 - Posted by: KTWO, 8/1/2014 5:47:02 PM     (No. 9949821)

The missile treaty violation complaints are just a diversion brought up now to help Obama another way. He wanted the EU to toughen sanctions.

And he did get the tougher EU sanctions.

Russia probably has violated the treaty but that charge has been around since at least 2009. Reviving it as a big issue now is propaganda.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: binthere_dunthat, 8/1/2014 8:08:18 PM     (No. 9949956)

The most inept, feckless, and incompetent boob to EVER occupy the White House is going to discuss a treaty with Putin.

Well that certainly is re-assuring now isn´t it? Now France´s largest industry, the manufacture of white flags, can get into full production in order to export them to the U.S.
Oh Happy Day! sarcasim-off

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TXknitter, 8/1/2014 8:27:15 PM     (No. 9949977)

Putin very well aware what political trouble Obama is in now. He is gonna listen to Barack and then he will educate the President on what´s what.

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