Carter Opposes West’s Sanctions That Hurt Russian People

Published on Countercurrents.org, by staff, April 23, 2014.

Former US president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday the West should not impose sanctions that would hurt the Russian people over their leaders’ actions in Ukraine . And, hours after the US vice-president Joe Biden’s Kiev visit, the Kiev authority has relaunched military assaults against the federationists in the east of Ukraine . The federationists are opposing the authority that has seized parliament and usurped power in Kiev .

Media reports on Ukraine said:

  • Carter told AFP on the sidelines of a discussion in Paris on climate crisis: “I don’t think we would go so far as to impose sanctions that would hurt the Russian people.”
  • Carter was taking part in a meeting with students as a member of The Elders group set up to promote human rights around the world.

Carter said Russia ’s takeover of Crimea had been “inevitable” … //

… Kiev relaunches military assault: … //

… $5 billion regime change-investment: … //

… Russia dismisses US threat:

  • In Moscow, Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev dismissed the US threat of new sanctions.
  • “I am sure we will be able to minimize their consequences,” he said in a televised speech to the Russian parliament.
  • However he acknowledged that Russia ’s economy was facing an “unprecedented challenge”.

A divided EU:

  • The European Union is divided on going further with its own sanctions on Moscow , with some member states worried that increased punishment could jeopardize supplies of Russian gas.
  • Sweden , which is not a NATO member, announced Tuesday it was increasing defense spending because of the “deeply unsettling development in and around Ukraine “. It plans to boost its fleets of fighter jets and submarines.

Lugansk plans referendum:

  • In the eastern part of Ukraine , the federationists remain firmly entrenched in public buildings they have occupied for more than a week.
  • In the town of Lugansk , protesters pledged to hold their own local referendum on autonomy on May 11.

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Links:

What is an authentic political event? on New Statesman, by Slavoj Žižek, Feb 12, 2014;

Slavoj Žižek on en.wikipedia (Slovene: [ˈslavoj ˈʒiʒɛk] ( listen); born 21 March 1949) is a Slovenian Marxist philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural critic. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. In July 2013, he was appointed as an Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University, South Korea.[1] He writes widely on a diverse range of topics, including political theory, film theory, cultural studies, theology, psychoanalysis, and so on …; External Links.

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