Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Bridget Johnson

Bio

March 1, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry said tonight said that he and other unspecified foreign ministers from “around the world” spoke about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and are “unified in our assessment and will work closely together to support Ukraine and its people at this historic hour.”

“The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory, and its violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity in full contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. This action is a threat to the peace and security of Ukraine, and the wider region,” Kerry said in a statement.

He added that in a call this morning he commended Ukraine’s interim president, Oleksandr Turchynov, “for showing the utmost restraint in the face of the clear and present danger to the integrity of their state, and the assaults on their sovereignty.”

“We also urge that the Government of Ukraine continue to make clear, as it has from throughout this crisis, its commitment to protect the rights of all Ukrainians and uphold its international obligations,” Kerry said. “As President Obama has said, we call for Russia to withdraw its forces back to bases, refrain from interference elsewhere in Ukraine, and support international mediation to address any legitimate issues regarding the protection of minority rights or security.”

Kerry stressed “we’ve made clear that we recognize and respect Russia’s ties to Ukraine and its concerns about treatment of ethnic Russians.”

“But these concerns can and must be addressed in a way that does not violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, by directly engaging the Government of Ukraine. Unless immediate and concrete steps are taken by Russia to deescalate tensions, the effect on U.S.-Russian relations and on Russia’s international standing will be profound,” he continued.

“…In the coming days, emergency consultations will commence in the UN Security Council, the North Atlantic Council, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in defense of the underlying principles critical to the maintenance of international peace and security. We continue to believe in the importance of an international presence from the UN or OSCE to gather facts, monitor for violations or abuses and help protect rights. As a leading member of both organizations, Russia can actively participate and make sure its interests are taken into account.”

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu on Saturday morning.

“Secretary Hagel expressed deep concern about Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine,” Kirby said. “He reminded Minister Shoygu that these activities ran counter to Russia’s international treaty obligations and stated position that it would respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

“Secretary Hagel stressed that, without a change on the ground, Russia risks further instability in the region, isolation in the international community and an escalation that would threaten European and international security.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
Interesting training exercises there Ketchup Munster.

As a Winter Soldier slandering our troops and consorting with the Communist enemy, tell us more about fidelity and respecting laws, conventions and treaties.

Being advised by the openly treasonous is always a fascinating spectacle.

You small c communists insist that your "economics" are superior, but always seem to be "unexpectedly" crashing. And your large C idols don't do any better, but they push you around like you're whiny little schoolgirls.

Your international diplomacy is superior because it speaks of peace, smug and pedantic such as it is, but it always leads to more and more violence, instability and great wars.

Your "science" is always settled, but your magic pens seem to erase all evidence of your permanently failing models.

Your brilliance in technology is on display, where nothing that is built works as designed and half the job remains undersigned, even after full payment...and a factor of 1000 in graft.

Your "green" energy kills more life forms than it saves and destroys jobs and creates more poor...for you to exploit.

So, please...lecture us again. The Federal Flunkies is the best reality comedy show around. It would be really hysterical...if the ending wasn't always so sad.

Build the gallows.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
How about if Mexico invaded America because they didn't think America was treating ethnic Mexicans well enough?

Of wait! Obama and his administration (and McCain, Graham, Rubio, Flake, Boehner, Ryan, Cantor, etc) treats ethnic Mexicans, especially illegals, better than it treats a whole lot of Americas already.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
"Live shot" would have commended Poland for showing the "utmost restraint" in 1939
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (33)
All Comments   (33)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
In the runup to the Mexican-American War, a Whig senator demanded to know where the first drop of American blood had been spilled by the Mexicans.
In the same sense, I ask, "Where is the ethnic Russian in Ukraine who was harmed by the Ukrainian government?"
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Kerry stressed “we’ve made clear that we recognize and respect Russia’s ties to Ukraine and its concerns about treatment of ethnic Russians.”
Translation - we're too chicken-***t to do anything about this, so we'll talk a lot about "red lines" and being upset. But don't expect us to actually take any, you know, like, actions or something!
Pathetic.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama could stop the Russians with his pen if he wanted. He's the man after he puts his bike helmet on.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
"Kerry Commends Ukraine for Showing ‘Utmost Restraint’ as Russia Invades Its Turf"

Read "If you had fought back, people would expect us to do something & I do not want to do anything. I am scared!"
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
A little like commending a rape victim for making her attacker happy.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
He can always hide behind his medals.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
The 13 million invaders in this country far outnumber the Russian military in the Ukraine...... And they aren't leaving.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
There are ethnic Russians in Crimea because Imperial Russia colonized it and, after the Stalinists killed as many Ukrainians as they could with the great state engineered famine of the 30's, the Soviet Russians colonized some more.

Let's not confuse the Russian historical lust for warm water ports anywhere they can get them with concern for the fate of their colonial apparatchiks.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
And let's not confuse post-Communist Russia with Imperial Russia either. Imperial Russia ended with the abdication of the Tsar in 1917. After a few months of a provisional government, Lenin seized power in a coup. Stalin eventually replaced Lenin at the top of the Communist Party.

Krushchev gave Crimea to Ukraine only in 1956 after it had been Russian for a couple of centuries. Giving it to Ukraine at that time was symbolic and meant very little since the Soviets utterly dominated Ukraine until 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed. Then, suddenly, the sovereignty of Crimea was an issue again.

33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well guess what Henry. The Tsar is BACK! Putin is Orthodox and a royalist to the core. He is not a Communist in the sense of Stalin. But as with all things Russian it behooves you to see who benefits first to understand the moves.

Kerry is playing checkers while Putin is playing chess and the Chinese are playing GO. If the Chinese and Russian interests align then the Ukraine will pay.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yep, that is true.

But a plebiscite would have been a better way to go about it.

Now we are in a much more dangerous world where Obama has been shown to be weak (pick your noun with appropriate adjectives and adverbs).
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Interesting training exercises there Ketchup Munster.

As a Winter Soldier slandering our troops and consorting with the Communist enemy, tell us more about fidelity and respecting laws, conventions and treaties.

Being advised by the openly treasonous is always a fascinating spectacle.

You small c communists insist that your "economics" are superior, but always seem to be "unexpectedly" crashing. And your large C idols don't do any better, but they push you around like you're whiny little schoolgirls.

Your international diplomacy is superior because it speaks of peace, smug and pedantic such as it is, but it always leads to more and more violence, instability and great wars.

Your "science" is always settled, but your magic pens seem to erase all evidence of your permanently failing models.

Your brilliance in technology is on display, where nothing that is built works as designed and half the job remains undersigned, even after full payment...and a factor of 1000 in graft.

Your "green" energy kills more life forms than it saves and destroys jobs and creates more poor...for you to exploit.

So, please...lecture us again. The Federal Flunkies is the best reality comedy show around. It would be really hysterical...if the ending wasn't always so sad.

Build the gallows.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yo, Bleach.
It is the Winter Soldier that you want in your camp at Valley Forge.

Kerry is, at best, that creature known as the Summer Soldier. In reality, Kerry is more likely to be a Tory agent.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Is Lurch's hair real, or is it nylon?
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Ukraine is oppressing its Russians. They are an oppressor nation. Ukraine will probably invade Russia, so watch out Russia.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
And of course, Clausewitz: The aggressor never wants war. He would much rather enter your country unopposed.

For the Russians, see the story of the treaty of Brest-Litovsk, 1918.

Putin clearly knows Russian history. Obama and Kerry do not.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
1 2 Next View All

One Trackback to “Kerry Commends Ukraine for Showing ‘Utmost Restraint’ as Russia Invades Its Turf”