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  •  The new Kiev government cannot do a damn thing (0+ / 0-)

    in the Crimea. They just finished repealing a law that allowed Russian to be spoken there. If they were to send "troops" to the Crimea at this time all hell would break loose. The Crimea are using their own security police.

    Canceled language law in Ukraine sparks concern among Russian and EU diplomats

    Ukraine’s swift abolition of the law allowing the country’s regions to make Russian a second official language has worried European MPs and officials, and has been condemned outright as a “violation of ethnic minority rights” by Russian diplomats.

    The European Parliament has approved a resolution on Ukraine, which among other things calls on the country’s MPs and the new government to respect the rights of minorities, particularly when it comes to the use of languages.
    The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) abolished the 2012 law “On State Language Policy” the day after it voted to dismiss President Viktor Yanukovich. The law allowed the country’s regions to use more official languages in addition to Ukrainian if they were spoken by over 10 percent of the local population. Thirteen out of Ukraine’s 27 regions, primarily in Eastern Ukraine, then adopted Russian as a second official language. Two Western regions introduced Romanian and Hungarian as official languages.
     Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said Ukrainian MPs were wrong to cancel the law.

    “The parliament of Ukraine has made what I believe to be a mistake a few days ago, cancelling a law on regional languages,” he told CNN, commenting on the current instability in the Crimea, where the majority of the population speaks Russian. “The new Ukrainian government should signal very eloquently to the ethnic minorities in Ukraine that they are welcome in Ukraine; that they are going to be part of the new Ukraine. And also Ukraine is a member of the Council of Europe, [with] its laws on protecting minorities.”

    Russian troops are running around the place. Before they started doing it the place was pretty secure.
    Nonsense. There were no Russian troops "running around the place" and the place was not secure at all. I've posted a link in this diary about who the "troops" were at the airport. As far as Russian troops at the naval base, that is legal.

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