This next post is a real, WAKE UP, AMERICA
It’s still Saturday, April 1, 2017 and, unfortunately, this story is no joke. Really! It’s true! But this story, unlike the one I posted earlier today, didn’t make me laugh! Actually, this story about Putin wanting Alaska back is troubling given that Putin wanted Crimea back, and back in 2014, Putin (or, more accurately, his armed troops) took Crimea back into the Russian fold after they invaded.
History: Ukraine was part of the old Soviet Union but after the break-up of the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War, Ukraine again became a separate country. We all know what Putin’s troops did in Ukraine back in 2014 – but here’s a reminder from Wikipedia:
“Using the Russian naval base at Sevastopol as cover, Putin directed Russian troops and intelligence agents to disarm Ukrainian forces and take control of Crimea. After the troops entered Crimea, a controversial referendum was held on 16 March 2014 and the official result was that 97 percent wished to join with Russia. On 18 March 2014, Russia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea signed a treaty of accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol in the Russian Federation. The UN general assembly responded by passing resolution 68/262 that the referendum was invalid and supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
Separately, in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, armed men declaring themselves as local militia seized government buildings, police and special police stations in several cities and held unrecognised status referendums. The insurgency was led by Russian emissaries Igor Girkin and Alexander Borodai as well as militants from Russia, such as Arseny Pavlov.
Talks in Geneva between the EU, Russia, Ukraine and USA yielded a Joint Diplomatic Statement referred to as the 2014 Geneva Pact in which the parties requested that all unlawful militias lay down their arms and vacate seized government buildings, and also establish a political dialogue that could lead to more autonomy for Ukraine's regions. When Petro Poroshenko won the presidential election held on 25 May 2014, he vowed to continue the military operations by the Ukrainian government forces to end the armed insurgency. More than 9,000 people have been killed in the military campaign.
That quote is from Wikipedia; see citation below.
Well, why should that concern the United States, you ask. I’ll tell you why! Now Trump’s friend Putin is apparently having second thoughts about Russia selling Alaska to the United States back in 1867 for $7.2 million in gold. And, “last year Russian TV released a documentary entitled, “When Will Alaska Become Ours?” – arguing that, because Russia received only a meager portion of the promised $7.2 million for Alaska, the deal must be declared null and void.”
Remember how Sarah Palin boasted about her foreign policy expertise with Russia by saying in an interview with Charles Gibson that, “They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”
Well, Sarah Palin told the geographical truth about how close Alaska is to Russia. And, we all have to hope Trump’s friend, Putin, doesn’t decide to make another land grab like he did in Crimea. And, remember that Trump has said that "Putin "is doing a great job" and has pledged to "get along very well with" him. Rather than Putin being behind the cyberattacks disrupting the US election, Trump has suggested the culprit may be "some guy in his home in New Jersey."
Now, the Putin/Alaska story is another reason we should think that perhaps the Cold War is back up and running.
Read more at:https://www.thesun.co.uk/...cows-rule/http://observer.com/2016/...aska-back/https://www.nytimes.com/2...e-150.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/...Federationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainehttp://www.snopes.com/pol...russia.asphttp://www.cnn.com/2016/1...-treisman/
And, as usual, WAKE UP, AMERICA!