Just enjoy what this British politician said recently in Tbilisi, Georgia.
If Russia wants the sanctions lifted, then its course of actions is very clear. It has to comply completely with its obligations under the Minsk agreements.Such claims always make me to wonder if the claimer needs an urgent assistant of a decent mental specialist. Is it Russia that is responsible for internal political changes in Ukraine, according to the Minsk agreements? If so, you just confirm and approve the fact that Ukraine IS Russia (and it really is, to a very very large extent, though it's a topic of another discussion).
We must not forget that this was an incursion into the sovereign territory of Ukraine, Russia annexed Crimea illegally in international law. Of course, reforms and steps are needed on the Ukrainian side as well. But we should never equate the two. Russia is the aggressor in this conflict.Philip Hammond is a liar and provocateur in these words of him. And the reason for my straightforward statement is pretty simple: just because the Crimea was reincorporated to Russia in an absolutely legal and UN-confirmed way, the next day it declared independence of the mainland Ukraine. And the autonomous region was fully entitled to do that according to the international law.
And the one and only aggressor in this conflict, skillfully orchestrated by the US-lead forces and being a severe civil conflict, virtually a full-scale civil war by its nature, is West-supported Kiev government that came to power as a result of the US- and EU-supported coup d'état. It was Kiev regime that unleashed a campaign of state terrorism hypocritically called 'Anti-Terrorist Operation' against those Ukrainian people who opposed the coup based on openly Nazi, Banderite ideology.
Just like it was in the bloody history of the 20th century, Nazism does not bother Europe and the US so far it is directed against Russia. Some stupid people in some high armchairs love playing with fire pretending to be omnipotent political gods. Unfortunately, these games are always paid by lives, lives of common people, and not by those of black-tied high-ranked scum that forgets pride is a deadly sin.
Russia ignores the norms of international conduct and breaks the rules of the international system. That represents a challenge and a threat to all of us.These are the words of the British foreign minister. Of the United Kingdom. About the norms of international conduct and the rules. A politician of the country that once robbed the world to became its most powerful and wealthy power, that played games with Hitler (do you remember the Munich Agreement, which was way more correctly known as the Munich Betrayal, until the EU preferred to think it was Stalin who helped Hitler to start the WW2?) until he decided to direct his ground attack eastwards?
Though, nothing special. The UK opposed or openly confronted Russia for centuries, since maybe the John the Terrible times, with a brief pause when Churchill decided that Hitler was a greater enemy to the 'civilized world' than those Russian Commies.
Come on, Hammond, explain the world of the norms and rules of the international system applied towards Kosovo, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, etc., and compare those to peaceful resurrection of the Crimea that just succeded to come back home in due time, or the Russian military actions in Syria performed by request of the legal government of the country and as such, in full conformity with the international law.
By the way, Hammond's words seem to be a decent answer to a question I asked about a year ago.
Thus, is it a necessary condition to be an ignorant and arrogant moron and Russophobe to be a top European politician, I wonder?