Russia Will Look for New Markets, Says PM Medvedev
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke out against the futile "exchange of black lists" with the West on the crisis in Ukraine.
"We will not allow our citizens to become hostage to political games. Of course, we can keep exchanging black lists, but I do not even believe it is necessary now, to prove, from this tribune, that this is an absolute impasse", Medvedev said during an annual address to the lower house of Parliament on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister added that the government would do its best to minimize the losses from EU sanctions, mainly through exploring and enhancing ties with other markets. He assured the industrial sector that it can count on Kremlin's support in these "new economic conditions".
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optimistic, Here is what Vice News and Simon Ostrovsky really said:
"On Thursday, armed gunmen who held me prisoner for three nights and three days released me into the streets of Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. My release was as unexplained as my capture.
"On Monday night I was pulled out of a car at a checkpoint, then blindfolded, beaten, and tied up with tape. After spending hours alone on the floor of a damp cell with my hands tied behind my back and a hat pulled over my eyes, I was led into a room where I was accused of working for the CIA, FBI, and Right Sector, the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist group.
"When I refused to give the password to my laptop, I was smacked in the arm with a truncheon. When I was asleep on the floor, masked men came to wake me up and tell me how no one would miss me if I died, and then kicked me in the ribs as they left.
"But as it turns out, I had it pretty easy, because I was let go.
"In the nights that I was held captive, a dozen other nameless detainees were ferried in and out of the cellar of the Ukraine state security (SBU) building by the pro-Russia militants who had taken it over. Some were journalists, some were drunks, and others were Ukrainian activists stupid or brave enough to visit what’s become a stronghold for Russian nationalists within Ukraine.
"I only got to know a few of them. Most had been in that cellar far longer than I had. They had been there for up to two weeks, and are most likely still there now.
"Their names are Artyom Deyneha, a local computer programmer who was caught setting up a webcam opposite the building where we were being held; Serhiy Lefter, a freelance journalist who was abducted on the main square in Sloviansk in broad daylight; Vadim Sukhonos, a deputy in the Sloviansk city council; and Vitaly Kovalchuk, a former member of the Euromaidan self-defense corps, who by his own admission came to Sloviansk with a group of Right Sector radicals who tried and failed to capture guns from pro-Russia militants.
"After I was released, I found out that the leader of the pro-Russia forces in Sloviansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, told journalists that we were being held as “bargaining chips” in negotiations with the interim authorities in Kiev. I don’t yet know what he got for my release, but I hope it wasn’t very much, because no one should be allowed to take hostages no matter what their political demands are.
"Everyone being illegally held in that damp cellar, or any of the other buildings controlled by the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic,” should be released or handed over to the police immediately."
optimistic, why do you call it eastern Ukraine instead of western Russia? And regarding Simon Ostrovsky, do you consider kicked, beaten, handcuffed, and thrown into a damp cold cellar for 4 nights unharmed? You will answer this as you usually do and similar to a small child; let's see if my prediction comes true. But remember, it's perilous to become predictable. Is PutinMedheadev predictable?
Captain America you claim that the US is the beacon for justice and liberty, freedom of speech and all that.
Your country tortures journalists.
The Eastern Ukranian pro democracy and pro referendum protestors let the american journalist go unharmed so they do not follow your american 'democratic' practices.
However a few weeks ago a member of the illegal Kiev government beat up a news station manager because that government didnt like some of the stations practices. This thug was using your US 'democratic' practicies.
This thug was probably trained by the US mercenaries operating in Kiev.
Have a nice day.
"Why was the occupation of government buildings in Ukraine a very good thing in January, but it is a very bad thing in April? Why was the use of force by the authorities against protestors completely unacceptable in January, but acceptable now?"
There are American mercenaries in Kiev.
The pro democracy, pro referendum protestors are being attacked by forces under the command of the illegal government in Kiev.
The Ukranian self defence groups need to be careful and interogate people taking photographs and making notes as they could be feeding this information back to illegal government forces.
Since when did America care about the welfare of journalists, one example is Sami al Hajj a Muslim journalist who was arrested and tortured in Guantanamo bay and released after 6 years without charge, the US had no evidence against him.
optimistic, if that were true, they would be speaking American English, not British English. And they would not be considered ethnic Englishman. They would be considered Americans. So are these thugs, that are kidnapping journalists in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainians or Russians?