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Hagel: US Pledges to Stand with Ukrainian People

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2014.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2014.
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The United States has canceled military exercises with Russia over its actions in Ukraine, while boosting military contacts with NATO partners and other nations in Eastern Europe.

“This is a time for wise, steady, and firm leadership. And it is a time for all of us to stand with the Ukrainian people in support of their territorial integrity and their sovereignty. And we are doing that,” U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a told a Senate panel adding that the United States is focused on de-escalating the crisis and supporting the Ukrainian government in the face of Russian intervention.

According to Hagel, the U.S. military is stepping up joint training through an aviation detachment in Poland and boosting participation in a NATO air policing mission.

Hagel said he aimed to speak with his Ukrainian counterpart on Wednesday and that the top U.S. military officer, General Martin Dempsey, had spoken with his Russian counterpart earlier in the day.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (L) testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2014.U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (L) testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2014.
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (L) testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2014.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (L) testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 5, 2014.
Also testifying was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, who said that Russia’s actions gave him “very little choice” but to recommend a suspension of U.S.-Russian military exchanges.
 
“I spoke this morning with my Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov [Chief of the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces]. I conveyed to him the degree to which Russia’s territorial aggression has been reputed globally. I urged continued restraint in the days ahead in order to preserve room for a diplomatic solution,” Dempsey said.
 
Some Republican lawmakers accuse the Obama administration of weakness and naïveté on the world stage that all but invited Russian aggression towards its neighbor.

Senator John McCain said President Obama “does not understand” Russian President Vladimir Putin nor his ambition to resurrect “the Russian empire.” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy noted that Russian intervention is not new, including incursions into Georgia during the administration of former Republican President George W. Bush.

The administration has already announced a $1 billion economic aid package to Ukraine's government to help stabilize the Ukraine economy and support elections set for later this year. Hagel called the aid package "particularly important" along with diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis.

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by: Anonymous
March 05, 2014 8:18 PM
IF Russia can step into Ukraine to "Protect people" So can the west, we can go to Syria and defend the Syrian people at all costs from systematic murder and terror by bashar al assad.

IF Russia is asked by the midterm government of Ukraine to leave Syria and they do not, then yes Putin is invading / occupying a country he has no business doing.

Too bad for the Russian people having to have a representitive like Putin, they could do so much better than him and a more prosperous economy... Every Russian I know doesn't like Putin whatsoever, neither does their families.

I think if there was ever a revolution in Russia, Putin would act no differently than bashar al assad, and that's my firm belief.


by: Anonymous
March 05, 2014 8:14 PM
Absolutely the world needs to stand with the Ukrainian People. Same goes for the Syrian people.

These criminal dictators need to be handed stiff sentences for murders.


by: JKF2 from: GREAT NORTH (Canada)
March 05, 2014 4:07 PM
No question that the World needs to stand with the Ukrainian people; and also no question that a peaceful resolution is expected, if at all possible, and it must involve Russia's share of the 35 billion Ukraine needs to survive economically over the next 2+ years.
I hope the USA reverses the erroneous decision on the retirement of the A-10, until it has at least 1/2 of the total order of F-35 flying in good order; do not make the same error made on the scrapping of the Shuttle before you had a replacement system operational; how is the ISS going to be supported, I guess Putin gets it? The naive wishfull ideology, is down the drain. And the touted peace dividend, somehow disapeared, the West's unemployment numbers are still very bad; defence industries were decimated, the defence workfore was decimated, where did the peace dividend go?


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
March 05, 2014 12:46 PM
Yea, the stage is set for a resumption of the old cold war era blocs. By the alliance of USA with the EU, one knew that the objective was a reawakening of the cold war boundaries. This reactivation leads nowhere but to a high alert for another global conflagration. That is all the US and EU alliance has been preparing for - so as to outwit the Soviet Bloc. Bet Russia may not require too many fronts to fight its battles when the chips are down. You can see why Russia has refused to insist on the US desire to dismantle Iran's nuclear program. But in the nuclear age, a nuclear war is one no one will be the winner, for it will surely set the earth back more than 2 millennium. And why not? Here is USA and Europe calling Russia names - a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

What is the difference between Russia trying to defend its citizens in Ukraine and USA/Europe meddling in the affairs of African countries because they made laws to rule themselves? Even then, Russia stands a better stead defending democracy wherein a government was sacked undemocratically and so-called democracies are cheering. No to Europe and USA. Even Britain's sitting on the fence is dangerous and ambiguous. Is it so that England becomes the negotiating ground, or so that Russia may think it has some support? It's all falsehood, not to be trusted. Russia should only see Africa as its only and last hope of allies. Though China is combing the continent, most of it remains fallow presently owing to vacancy created by the carrot and stick policy of USA and Europe who will not let African people be themselves because they need help. Yeah! Africa is it; after all it was the African contingent in Asia that won the second world war for the Western bloc. The snag is we need Africa to be free from smoke of gunpowder and nuclear radiation - a place to restart the world when the guns become silent again.

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