Russia Threatened Countries Ahead Of UN Vote On Ukraine, Diplomats Say

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Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said. Full Story
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#1 Mar 28, 2014
Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said.

The disclosures about Russian threats came after Moscow accused Western countries of using "shameless pressure, up to the point of political blackmail and economic threats," in an attempt to coerce the United Nations' 193 member states to join it in supporting the non-binding resolution on the Ukraine crisis.

According to interviews with U.N. diplomats, most of whom preferred to speak on condition of anonymity for fear of angering Moscow, the targets of Russian threats included Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as a number of African countries.

A spokesman for Russia's Mission to the U.N. denied that Moscow threatened any country with retaliation if it supported the resolution, saying: "We never threaten anyone. We just explain the situation."

According to the diplomats, the Russian threats were not specific. But they said it was clear to the recipients of the warnings not to support the resolution that retaliatory measures could include steps such as expelling migrant workers from Russia, halting natural gas supplies or banning certain imports to Russia to cause economic harm.

In the end, the Ukrainian resolution declaring Crimea's vote on March 16 in favor of seceding from Ukraine as having "no validity" passed with 100 votes in favor, 11 against and 58 abstentions. Another 24 U.N. member states did not cast votes.

Western diplomats called the result a diplomatic success for Ukraine. A similar General Assembly vote was held in 2008 after Russia went to war with Georgia over its breakaway enclave South Ossetia, which later declared independence and has unsuccessfully sought annexation to Russia. That resolution was adopted with a mere 14 votes in favor, 11 against and 105 abstentions.

Although the General Assembly resolution is non-binding - unlike Security Council resolutions - Russia and the Western powers went to great efforts to persuade delegations to vote with them. Earlier this month, Russia vetoed a resolution in the Security Council that was similar to the General Assembly text.

The United States and European delegations said the result of Thursday's vote highlighted Russia's isolation on the issue of Crimea.
Pro Ukraine

Manchester, UK

#2 Mar 29, 2014
That is absolutely typical of big bully Russia.
RUSSIA has ALREADY LOST

Surrey, Canada

#4 Mar 29, 2014
What a crude and backwards loser regime Putin has made of Russia!

Stupid thugs define Putin's Russia, the LAUGHING STOCK of mankind!

How LOW Russia has sunk under Der Dwarf Fuhrer Putin!
George

Red Deer, Canada

#6 Mar 29, 2014
RUSSIA has ALREADY LOST wrote:
What a crude and backwards loser regime Putin has made of Russia!
Stupid thugs define Putin's Russia, the LAUGHING STOCK of mankind!
How LOW Russia has sunk under Der Dwarf Fuhrer Putin!
The worst is yet to come when Ukraine turns off the water and power and Crimeans are in the dark, then let Russia keep hawling the generators and bottles of water
RUSSIA has ALREADY LOST

Surrey, Canada

#8 Mar 31, 2014
Putin is such an inept investment manager he was able to turn a 50 billion USD investment in the Sochi Olympics into no benefit whatsoever for Russia.......

....it would not surprise me if Crimea becomes a financial black hole for Russia to rival even THAT collassal Putin failure!

What's this guy doing leading a COUNTRY? He can't even manage an investment!

Good thing for him he stifles all critical press!

So far.......

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

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#9 Mar 31, 2014
George wrote:
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The worst is yet to come when Ukraine turns off the water and power and Crimeans are in the dark, then let Russia keep hawling the generators and bottles of water
Oh this is how Ukraine loves the people of Crimea, that says it all. lol.
Russia wil not be hawling botttles of water and generators to Crimea, Russia will put it`s troops to southern provinces of Ukraine. Of course the west will be mad at Russia and will put santions on it. Another dozen of Russian officials will be banned to travel to USA. lol.
George

Red Deer, Canada

#10 Mar 31, 2014
Alexey25 wrote:
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Oh this is how Ukraine loves the people of Crimea, that says it all. lol.
Russia wil not be hawling botttles of water and generators to Crimea, Russia will put it`s troops to southern provinces of Ukraine. Of course the west will be mad at Russia and will put santions on it. Another dozen of Russian officials will be banned to travel to USA. lol.
Wrong again, Putin today began withdrawing his troops. Russia is scrambling to work out a deal with Ukraine to keep the power, water and gas turned on. They are fortunate Ukraine does not want to hurt anyone and only want to grow and prosper, something Russia should pay attention to. I doubt the situation would be the same if the circumstances changed.
rio

London, UK

#12 Apr 1, 2014
George wrote:
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They are fortunate Ukraine does not want to hurt anyone .
LOL

You mean that the Ukraine doesn't want to antagonise the EU, once it has burnt its bridges with Russia !!

Provoking another gas crisis in Europe would be the best way for the Ukraine to alienate the goodwill from the EU.
rio

London, UK

#13 Apr 1, 2014
RUSSIA has ALREADY LOST wrote:
Putin is such an inept investment manager he was able to turn a 50 billion USD investment in the Sochi Olympics into no benefit whatsoever for Russia.......
....it would not surprise me if Crimea becomes a financial black hole for Russia to rival even THAT collassal Putin failure!
What's this guy doing leading a COUNTRY? He can't even manage an investment!
Good thing for him he stifles all critical press!
So far.......
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
Countries host the Olympics purely for prestige reasons.

Most lose money at it. I should know: London spent a colossal amount of cash, just like Sochi.

I think you anti-Russia rhetoric makes your write the most stupid thing.

You also have a stupid moniker.
PUTIN lost UKRAINE

Surrey, Canada

#15 Apr 3, 2014
Yes, Putin is an inept fool and incompetent manager driven only by sad political fantasies of the degenerate Soviet regime he once served.

You like this name better?

HA HA HA HA HA HA!
George

Red Deer, Canada

#16 Apr 3, 2014
PUTIN lost UKRAINE wrote:
Yes, Putin is an inept fool and incompetent manager driven only by sad political fantasies of the degenerate Soviet regime he once served.
You like this name better?
HA HA HA HA HA HA!
YUP
PUTIN lost UKRAINE

Surrey, Canada

#17 Apr 3, 2014
thx!

Russia's hangover after this is over is going to be epic! Another wasted decade!

Poor Boris Yeltsin would regret annointing the Dwarf if he were still alive. All he worked for is being squandered.
PUTIN lost UKRAINE

Surrey, Canada

#18 Apr 16, 2014
Sad to see Putin destroy Russian influence and its economy....but they deserve it for following such a fool.

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#19 Apr 16, 2014
PUTIN lost UKRAINE wrote:
Sad to see Putin destroy Russian influence and its economy....but they deserve it for following such a fool.
Really? So who voted in the chimp again?! It looks like, walks like, talks like, thinks like and acts like a chimp? Begins with an O!!
Now talking of fools, you should try and stop eatin shit for breakfast, but please, do NOT take any of your anti psychotics,'cause you are funny! LOL
PUTIN lost UKRAINE

Surrey, Canada

#20 Apr 16, 2014
Sad to see Putin destroy Russian influence and its economy....but they deserve it for following such a fool.

See the drunken fascist muzhik above?

Crude, stupid, racist, venial....a PERFECT toady for Der Fuhrer Putin!

But SUCH a heavy price Russia will pay for coddling such criminal idiots!
Pro Ukraine

UK

#21 Apr 16, 2014
billyboy169 wrote:
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Really? So who voted in the chimp again?! It looks like, walks like, talks like, thinks like and acts like a chimp? Begins with an O!!
Now talking of fools, you should try and stop eatin shit for breakfast, but please, do NOT take any of your anti psychotics,'cause you are funny! LOL
Are you a member of the KKK hillbillyboy?
George

Red Deer, Canada

#22 Apr 16, 2014
billyboy169 wrote:
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Really? So who voted in the chimp again?! It looks like, walks like, talks like, thinks like and acts like a chimp? Begins with an O!!
Now talking of fools, you should try and stop eatin shit for breakfast, but please, do NOT take any of your anti psychotics,'cause you are funny! LOL
You make no sense, retard
George

Red Deer, Canada

#23 Apr 16, 2014
Pro Ukraine wrote:
<quoted text>Are you a member of the KKK hillbillyboy?
I think he is just plain stupid

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#24 Apr 16, 2014
George wrote:
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I think he is just plain stupid
Me too!
Pro Ukraine

UK

#25 Apr 17, 2014
billyboy169 wrote:
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Me too!
So you agree you're plain stupid hillbillyboy?:-)

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