A British Foreign Secretary who excuses Russia’s invasion of Crimea?

Boris #Johnson, a #British Foreign Secretary who excuses #Russia’s invasion of Crimea?


Original by 14.07.16 | Halya Coynash for „Human Rigths in Ukraine“, the Information website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

The new UK Prime Minister Theresa May doubtless had her reasons for giving leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson a cabinet post.  Making him Foreign Secretary, however, defies any comprehension.  It is especially difficult not to view this as an affront to all those currently facing persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea given his extraordinary attempt to blame Russia’s aggression against Ukraine on the EU.  This was only one of a long list of distortions and lies told to encourage Britons to vote to leave the EU, but it is one which makes the new portfolio a matter of immense concern.

The new UK Prime Minister Theresa May doubtless had her reasons for giving leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson a cabinet post.  Making him Foreign Secretary, however, defies any comprehension.  It is especially difficult not to view this as an affront to all those currently facing persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea given his extraordinary attempt to blame Russia’s aggression against Ukraine on the EU.  This was only one of a long list of distortions and lies told to encourage Britons to vote to leave the EU, but it is one which makes the new portfolio a matter of immense concern.

On May 9 this year, during questions and answers after a speech on Europe, it transpired that for Johnson it was not Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea and its military aggression in Eastern Ukraine that had caused “real trouble”, but the EU’s actions.

“If you want an example of EU foreign policymaking on the hoof and the EU’s pretensions to running a defence policy that have caused real trouble, then look at what has happened in Ukraine, ” he told reporters.

Johnson later reacted angrily to what he called ‘smears’, denying that he was an apologist for Russian President Vladimir Putin.  He did not explain what he had meant, and what, in his view, the EU had done to stoke tensions in Ukraine.

It was hardly surprising, therefore, that his words were taken as justifying Russia’s actions.  Johnson was, after all, simply repeating a position first taken by the head of the right-wing UKIP party Nigel Farage in a speech soon after Russia’s invasion of Crimea.  In March 2014, Farage accused the EU of having “blood on its hands” for encouraging the turmoil in Ukraine which had supposedly led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.  This was recalled days later when he was reported as saying that “Vladimir Putin is the world leader I most admire”

Farage’s view of Putin and his slanted view of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine are shared by France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen, and in fact most far-right parties in Europe (Hungary’s Jobbik, Bulgaria’s Ataka, Poland’s Falanga and many others).  It is their members, including some individuals known for their neo-Nazi views like Luc Michel and Manuel Ochsenreiter, who are regularly invited to act as ‘observers’ rubberstamping Russia’s ‘Crimean referendum’ and ‘elections’ in Donbas.

It was undoubtedly Ukrainians’ support for closer ties to Europe and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s reneging on his pre-election promise to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement that sparked Euromaidan and the end of the Yanukovych regime.  Yanukovych had been heavily backed by Putin, and fled to Russia, together with the cronies directly implicated in the gunning down of peaceful protesters.

None of the reasons later given by Putin to justify the seizure of control by Russian troops of Crimea were substantiated.  Violent deaths, disappearances and arrests of opponents have all come under Russian occupation.  There was no evidence of any such excesses before Feb 27, 2014.

Johnson was likely parroting the line taken by Brexit lobbyists who clearly blamed the EU for somehow encroaching on ‘Russia’s patch’.  The Brexit camp, we learned, “believe that the EU’s eastwards expansion into former Warsaw Pact countries, as well as its attempts to reach economic deals with former Soviet states like Ukraine and Georgia, has provoked Russia into adopting a more aggressive military stance in areas like Crimea.”

In a nutshell, they appeared to be saying, Russia was left no alternative but to invade and annex Ukrainian sovereign territory.

This is essentially the line taken by the Kremlin, and all its friends.

It is also, disturbingly, the line which at least in 2014 was taken by the now Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and appears to be held to this day by his close aide Seumas Milne.  The bogeyman for them is NATO rather than the EU, though their perceived failure to firmly campaign against Brexit has been presented as the main reason for the leadership challenge currently underway.

Britain, together with Russia and the USA, were signatories to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum which guaranteed Ukraine protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity in exchange for giving up one of the largest nuclear arsenals in Europe.  Neither the UK, however, nor other western countries reacted adequately to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The UK has, however, since taken a strong stand in supporting sanctions against Russia, imposed after Russia’s aggression in eastern Ukraine and the downing by Kremlin-backed militants of the Malaysian MH17 airliner on July 17, 2014.

Britain’s robust position was greatly appreciated, as was its acknowledgement of the grave human rights concerns in Crimea under Russian occupation.

What Johnson thinks appears to depend on the circumstances.  Certainly, in an article from December 2015, while advocating fighting on the same side as Putin and Bashar Assad in Syria, he was at least critical of Putin (though later effusive in his praise of Putin’s bloody Syrian campaign which is believed by human rights NGOs, like Amnesty International, to have sometimes targeted civilians).

It is, however, the Johnson of the Leave campaign whom the UK’s new Prime Minister has seen the need to appoint to a high-ranking post in her government, and his position on Ukraine and Crimea are therefore seriously alarming.

Any blinkered presentation of Russia’s invasion of Crimea and the pseudo-referendum used to justify annexation flies in the face of the facts and begs the question of why Russia needed to bring in all its Eurosceptic friends from the far-right and far-left to act as ‘observers’.

The abductions and disappearances began after annexation and are continuing with the latest victim – Ervin Ibragimov – a prominent Crimean Tatar activist.

The Crimean Tatars, the main indigenous people of Crimea, faced persecution from the outset and this has now escalated with the criminalization of the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly. Three Crimean Tatars, including Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis, have been in detention for well over a year on surreal charges over the pre-annexation demonstration on Feb 26, 2014, which prevented Russia from carrying out a coup and seizure of power without deploying soldiers.

There are a number of Crimean opponents of annexation in Russian prisons, including renowned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.  In Crimea, 14 Muslims, almost all Crimean Tatars, have so far been arrested and face huge sentences on totally fabricated charges.  Other Ukrainians, including Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov and journalist Mykola Semena are facing prison sentences for what Russia labels as “public calls to violate Russian territorial integrity”, otherwise known as recognizing Crimea as Ukrainian and wanting its return to Ukraine.

All of this, and much more, is the direct result not of the EU’s support for Ukraine, but of Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea.

see also:
• Kremlin’s Donbas proxies congratulate UK for ’doing what they did’ & voting for Brexit
• Brexit a gift to Putin, the far right & Trump, a blow to democracy
• Ex-Mayor of London Boris Johnson blames Russia’s annexation of Crimea on the EU
• What European Values if Dutch Referendum Result Stands?
• Appeal by the leaders of Ukrainian national communities to the Dutch population
• Former Soviet political prisoners call on Holland to say yes to Ukraine’s European future
• Playing with fear and ignorance
• How a democratic tool became a threat to democracy
• Ukrainian Jewish leaders appeal to Holland: Give our country the chance to break with the past
• Dutch referendum puts Ukraine in spotlight

 

See the original article by „Human Rigths in Ukraine“, the Information website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group: http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1468447666

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A British Foreign Secretary who excuses Russia’s invasion of Crimea?

A British Foreign Secretary who excuses Russia’s invasion of Crimea?

 

Tweet in connection to #brexit, published on 04. July 2016

Grate Britain after #Brexit: State of emergency but there is no Taskforce ?


Dear friends in Grate Britain:

After all for this disastrous Grate Britain destroying project BREXIT, have declared to step down – there is the imagine everybody is standing beside the Themse and is in the mode of „go with the flow“, watching shocked and desperately how Grate Britain is going the river down.

Maybe have a look how we in Switzerland would act in such a situation – are you aware of the amount of the danger that the whole Grate Britain is now?

We should compare it with the situation of a unexpected gravely state of war.

And it would be smart, to act adequately.

In a state of emergency in Switzerland, the crisis management has normally the architecture of a Taskforce.

This Taskforce will be functionally and can be successfully under the follow precondition:

  1. All main stakeholders must be equally represented in the Taskforce
  2. The job of the Taskforce, the detailed task and the range and meaning of its decisions must be fully defined and publicly declared.
  3. The empowerment of the Taskforce must be founded on a broad and deep commitment of all possible stakeholders, as for example:
    1. The current government
    2. The current parliament
    3. The representatives of the Kingdom
    4. The representatives of all relevant political parties
    5. The civil society in functionally representative forms
  4. The preparation and the building-process of this Taskforce must be realized in a short as possible time window – maybe in only one or two weeks. This goal can only be achieved if all necessary actions and activities are very well coordinated and the communication about every single step is comprehensively.

The time window with the possibility to act for the people interested in Common Sense in Britain is still open – but better you act now in the most possible high priority, speed and determinedness.

 

  1. July 2016, Simon Gerber, MSc. in Organization Development
Tweet in connection to #brexit, published on 04. July 2016

Tweet in connection to #brexit, published on 04. July 2016


See also:

Britain’s Completely Batshit Week Since Brexit, Explained For Americans Please send help we are on fire.

 

 

Twitter account „Mark Brown“ is a stupid machine … How to expose a #Putin-Hybrid- #Twitter-Troll – an example


Preview:

 

The contents of the box are not necessarily what is the declared description on the front site

mark brown @mark24823687
@mark24823687

If a twitter account declares:

„Helping the free world counter Putins propaganda“

you can perhaps make the experience, if you overthink, how this twitter account is acting – inside the box is not somebody who is fighting against Putin-Propaganda, no, actually its double twisted Putin-Propaganda in its most possible pure form:

Here we have an advanced double-twisted Putin-Troll-Accunt.

If you can see this curious numbers behind a name:

This is the "mark" of a typical double twisted Putin-Troll: @mark24823687

This is the „mark“ of a typical double twisted Putin-Troll: @mark24823687

there should grow a red alarm light!

If you check the statistic of the account and you find a gigantic amount of tweets, the acoustic alarm also should be heard:

If you have a header-picture typically for an account that should provoke the imagine of a pro Ukraine account – connected with – for a double twisted Putin troll typically – attributes described above (a gigantic amount of tweets – 154 Tsd. since 2 years – combined with the typically attribute of a series of numbers behind the name), you should investigate the activities of this account carefully. You will find earlier or later huge discrepancies.

But you act the clear opposite way when you are paring with Putin-allies. So, in my view, what you officially declare, is one thing. But I measure you on how you act.

Simon Gerber, President of swissukraine.org, June 29, 2016

 

 


Chapter 1 – first oddity

This morning (June 29. 2016) , only a few days after Brexit, „@mark24823687“ re-tweetet this:

additional a screenshot of the tweet, in case the account would be shut down – what we expect will happen after this publication and through your help and accordingly also your information to @twitter and @support – or in case the tweet would be deleted:

Aggressive Tweet against Scottish First minister Nicola Sturgeon

Aggressive Tweet against Scottish First minister Nicola Sturgeon

 

Question Nr. 1, „answer Nr. 1 by @mark24823687 and Question Nr. 2:

First question, first "answer" by @mark24823687

First question, first „answer“ by @mark24823687

After the second, more inconvenient question, no answer by „@mark24823687“.


Question Nr. 3 and no more answer by@mark24823687

unanswered questions towards @mark24823687

unanswered questions towards @mark24823687

 

 


You can dig deeper in to it if you will find more proofs:

Scroll through the timeline of @mark24823687 and you will find 99 % of his gigantic amount of tweets is nothing than retweets.

In a next step, take a micro chronometer and check the determining algorithm for this  24h / per 7 days a week machine-publication of retweets.

If you would investigate the language of this person, who is running this „machine-accounts“ and is writing something like an answer on my question – linguistically you find more discrepancies – he claims he is halve English halve Scotch, but his language is not doubt not from a person who is from Grate Britain.

I blocked this double twisted Putin-Troll: >>https://twitter.com/mark24823687<&lt;


Final conclusion, based on the analysis of the following Twitter-account:

https://twitter.com/mark24823687

 

Russian defense ministry, conducting und control all this „Putin-Troll-Infrastructure“ (investigated and described by many reports) is now not only targeting the unity of the EU, or of Grate Britain. The double twisted strategy against the courageous leader and first Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, investigated, documented and described at the example of the Putin-Troll-Twitter-Account https://twitter.com/mark24823687  makes clear:

On the top-target list of the Russian defense ministry and its double twisted Putin-Trolls is also the unity of Scotland and its most popular an most powerful representative and leader, Nicola Sturgeon.

President of swissukraine.org, Simon Gerber  June 29. 2016


See also:

https://swissukraine.org/2015/06/21/kremlin-wants-to-disrupt-the-whole-process-of-european-integration-of-which-ukraine-is-only-one-example-says-historian-and-yale-professor-timothy-snyder/

https://swissukraine.org/2015/02/22/media-library-munich-security-conference/

https://swissukraine.org/2015/11/17/inside-russian-fsbkgb/

https://swissukraine.org/2016/03/11/anatomy-function-and-aim-of-putins-refugee-weapon-against-europe-what-the-civilized-world-has-to-do/