A Question, by the Bionic Mosquito

As you can tell from the top of the page, SLL is partial to questions. This one comes from the Bionic Mosquito via lewrockwell.com (you’ll have to click through to the article to get the question):

During the Munich Security Conference a couple of weeks ago, news came out that Russia would recognize various documents issued by eastern Ukrainian authorities – in other words, from the separatist regions of Donbass.

“The decree stated clearly this was made out of humanitarian concerns…until Minsk agreements have been fulfilled. The presidential decree validated IDs of Donbass residents so that they could enter Russia legally and use Russian rail transport and air carriers,” [Sergei Lavrov] explained.

Given the hysteria about Russia and Ukraine, you would think this would cause all sorts of calamity during the Conference. Apparently not:

Lavrov said this issue had not been brought up during foreign ministers’ talks in the so-called Normandy Four format in Munich.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was all spun up about it:

“I informed [US Vice President Mike Pence] about the recent decision of President Putin to validate the passports of the occupied territories, the so-called LPR and DPR, for me it is yet another proof of Russia’s violation of international law,” Poroshenko told reporters after a meeting with Pence.

And Poroshenko’s discussion with Pence came just hours after Pence vowed to “hold Russia to account.”

I hadn’t thought about it much more until reading The Saker today, updating the situation:

Let’s sum all this up:

• The Urkonazis completely close down the unofficial border with Novorussia

•Russia recognizes Novorussian documents

• The DNR and LNR nationalize all the Ukrainian industry in the Donbass

• The Ukronazis declare that the line of contact is now to be considered a border

• The Novorussians declare that the Russian Ruble is the only legal currency in Novorussia

• The Novorussians will now export their entire production of coal/anthracite to Russia

• All the factories in Novorussia will no longer pay taxes to Kiev

There appears to be much more going on that mere recognition of documents.

To continue reading: A Question

 

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