Seriously, what?! Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts'


The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century. But no, he was not speaking about the United States, as one might have thought.
“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in  order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an  interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of  aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext.  It’s really 19th century behaviour in the 21st century.”
Kerry has also threatened to isolate Russia economically and  politically and warned of potential asset freezes and visa bans,  adding to media and political hype that followed Russia  authorization of sending a stabilization force in Crimea on  official request from the authorities.
“There could be certainly disruption of any of the normal  trade routine, there could be business drawback on investment in  the country,” he said. “There could even be ultimately  asset freezes, visa bans.”
Although Kerry was never challenged by the interviewer to comment  in terms of that statement on Washington’s own constant threats  to use force and military invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan,  those who watched the interview immediately smelled the  hypocrisy.
“Since when does the United States government genuinely  subscribe and defend the concept of sovereignty and territorial  integrity? They certainly are not doing that at the moment in  Syria,” Marcus Papadopoulos, commentator for ‘Politics  First’ told RT. “They certainly did not do that when they  attacked Libya. They certainly didn’t do that when they invaded  Iraq. They certainly didn’t do that when they attacked Serbia  over Kosovo and then later on recognized Kosovo’s unilateral  declaration of independence. The United States government merely  pays lip service to sovereignty and territorial integrity, it  picks and choses.”
Since the crisis in Ukraine escalated to a point where the lives  of the Russian speaking population of Ukraine has become threatened, Kerry’s reaction comes, some believe, as  the most ridiculous thus far, taking into account US own history of military actions all over the globe.

Following Russia’s parliament approval of potential deployment, other members of  the G8 said they were putting preparations on hold for the  planned summit of the group in Sochi on June 4 and 5.
The US also warned Russia that it risks losing its place in the  Group of Eight developed countries over the deployment of troops  in Crimea.
Canada in the meantime warned of “ongoing negative  consequences” for Canada-Russia relations, if Russia pushes  forward with military action.
This year Russia holds the presidency in G8 that includes the  governments of the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, Russia, USA,  France and Japan.
Facts  you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil
Crimeans began protesting after the new self-imposed government  in Kiev introduced a law abolishing the use of other languages for official  documents in Ukraine. More than half the Crimean population are  Russian and use only this language for their communication. The  residents have announced they are going to hold a referendum on March 30 to determine the fate of the  Ukrainian autonomous region.
Feeling a threat from the new central government of questionable  legitimacy, a number of regions stood up against it. Thousands of people across  eastern and southern Ukraine are flooding the streets of major  cities, urging local authorities to disobey Kiev’s orders. The  local population is calling the government in Kiev illegitimate  and demanding that their local governments refuse to take orders  from it.

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