Russia President Vladimir Putin told outgoing European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso he could take Kiev, Ukraine in two weeks if he wanted to, according to a report in Italian newspaper La Repubblica. This latest threat surfaces just days after Putin allegedly told Russian youths that Kazakhstan never earned its independence.
According to La Repubblica, Barroso asked Putin about Russian troops in Ukraine. Barroso told the EU that Putin said, “If I want, I will take Kiev in two weeks.” Repubblica’s Alberto D’Argenio said Putin is telling the West not to make him angry with threats of new sanctions against Russia.
Tensions between the West and Russia continue to rise, as more information reveals Russian soldiers in east Ukraine with the separatists. British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again repeated threats of tough sanctions against Russia if the Kremlin did not stop violating Ukraine’s sovereignty.
But Putin is not just eyeing Ukraine. Putin is an ex-KGB agent and once said the fall of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century. While Ukraine is the crown jewel of the old Soviet, Putin applies pressure on other ex-Soviet states. Kazakhstan is now worried Putin will target them after he told a pro-Kremlin youth group the country is artificial.
“Kazakhs never had any statehood; [Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev] has created it,” he said.
Nazarbayev immediately fired back with his own threats.
“Kazakhstan has a right to withdraw from the Eurasian Economic Union,” he said on television. “Kazakhstan will not be part of organisations that pose a threat to our independence.”
“Our independence is our dearest treasure, which our grandfathers fought for,” he continued. “First of all, we will never surrender it to someone, and secondly, we will do our best to protect it.”
Nazarbayez signed the Eurasian Economic Union along with Belarus on May 29. Unlike other ex-Soviet states, Kazakhstan does not rely on Russia for gas and energy needs. It is its own star in the energy world, and the deal was signed in Astana, which is known for energy production.
Kazakhstan was the last Soviet state to leave the Soviet Union. The Kazakhs declared independence on December 16, 1991, and finalized their independence on December 25, 1991. Nazarbayev has been Kazakhstan’s only president for the past two decades.
Putin has a history of not acknowledging the independence of ex-Soviet states. In 2008, the same year he invaded Georgia, Putin told President George W. Bush that Ukraine is not a state.
UK: Special Forces Move Into London As Gov’t Fears “Mumbai-Style” Terrorist Spectacular
Some experiments end in success, others end in disaster. Welcome to the utopia called multiculturalism where the future is bright … for Islamic terrorists …
Qur’an Sura 2:191-193, “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-Muslims] … fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart – “London could be the scene of a Mumbai-style terrorist ‘spectacular’ if Islamist jihadists get their way, British security chiefs have warned. There is growing concern that a list of ‘soft’ targets is being drawn up, and that weapons and explosives have already been smuggled into the country.
The Sun is reporting that the SAS has moved part of its anti-terror team to a forward base near London, amid concerns that a prolonged attack may be staged in that city. MI5 also referred to the Mumbai atrocity of 2008 as a comparison, in which coordinated bombings and shootings took place over four consecutive days, killing 174 and wounding a further 300.
Speaking to The Sun, a source said: ‘The nightmare scenario is they mount a spectacular attack at a high profile location. They may try to storm a building, take hostages, rig it with explosives or kill at will.’
The threat has caused the official ‘threat level’ to be raised to severe, increasing tensions in the city and prompting people to share warnings of an imminent bomb attack on the London Underground on social media and via text last night. The threat was dismissed as a hoax after the head of the British Transport Police took to Twitter, posting: ‘Social media contains lots of rumours regarding threats to tube network tomorrow. There is no specific threat so keep calm & carry on.’
However, Twitter user David O’Neill pointed out: ‘Must say though. If you raise the threat level to severe you can’t be shocked when people believe stupid rumours about attacks on the tube.’
Up to 500 British-born men are understood to have gone abroad in order to fight for the Islamic State (IS). Scotland Yard believes that up to 200 may have already returned, and are concerned that they will have been taught to carry out similar violent attacks on the streets of Britain.