16:39 GMT +327 February 2017
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    Ex CIA Official Names Factors Behind Crimea's Reunification With Russia

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    It has now been two years since Crimea declared independence from Ukraine, with a referendum on joining Russia approved by 96% of voters. Ex-CIA official Ray McGovern told Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker that the reunification was predetermined, taking into account Russia’s history, events in Ukraine prior the referendum, and NATO policy.

    Only six countries currently recognize Crimea as a part of Russia, while many Western powers continue to assert that the peninsula was "annexed." But somehow, when Western news outlets portray the "annexation" as an act of aggression by Russia, they tend to forget the events which preceded the referendum, McGovern noted during the broadcast.

    Various international powers, including Russia, had an agreement with the Ukrainian opposition that the continuous violence would end, that there would be diminution of presidential powers, earlier elections would be held and there would be increased regional autonomy. However, on February 22, 2014, the country's parliament was driven out by a coup, and neo-Nazis seized power forcing Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych to flee.

    "It started on the 22nd of February with the coup, not on the 23d with Putin's reaction," McGovern said.

    According to the political activist, geopolitical interests were clearly involved, and NATO's eastward expansion partially prompted Crimea's reunion with Russia. McGovern added that the crisis in Ukraine has been used by the Pentagon to escalate troops, and increase war exercises into the region, with the excuse that countries on the western border of Russia must be protected from "Russian aggression."

    "If anyone in the White House, the State Department, the CIA was surprised that Russia would react very strongly to the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO on the one hand or having ballistic missile system set up in Black Sea…those people don't have any sense of Russian history."

    What's more important, McGovern said, is that the peninsula has been part of Russia for centuries, since the time of Catherine the Great. The peninsula is ethnically Russian, not merely Russian-speaking, he asserts. In 1954 Nikita Khrushchev, who came to power after Stalin's death, gave Crimea to Ukraine as a token gift by, "signing a piece of paper," given that, at the time, Russia and Ukraine were merely parts of the 15 republics that made up the USSR.

    The referendum in Crimea indicated that a very large part of the peninsula's population sought to reunite with Russia.  

    "If this came as a surprise to anybody, that person doesn't know much about Russian history, or Soviet history, or the balance of power in central Europe" McGovern said.


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      Ukraine was actually NOT a part of anything. they ignore that Russia roots are in Crimea!!!! Over a thousand years ago. And at KIEV Where Kievan Rus was born. The RUS that now Kiev wanted to mention, forgot that it was not Kiev , nor Ukraine. The Rus where people that arrived at Slavic areas, and were birth as RUS ( that came from the water ) or similar , according to an old Slavic language professor. Not me.
      Ukraine was part of Russia until west fooled a NAIVE Gorbachev . And others before him. they didn't understood anything Simply thinking that if the west laugh, it means they friends. VERY NAIVE. It means they can't believe you such a FOOL.
      Just like now Putin thought, that looking away, will be a message. Is not. For westerners it means you ignore, probably because you don't care or you scared.
      He should had find someone with long arms like Obama, and measure the extended arm. You stay THAT away from him, and don't lose his gaze . Don't blink. Smile if you welcome, stay serious if something wrong. IF you all for businesses, quick smile and go for it..
      NOW they understand their ignorance.
      Crimea best and worst years was with Russia.. Misery thru wars etc..
      Nikita passed Crimea to Ukraine as a district. The term so westerners understand.
      There was no direct bridge to Crimea, and Russia had full open borders thru Ukraine. Don't sleep on laurels. maybe one day Ukraine will join RF. Why? Is where it ALWAYS was.
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      one wonders why he is an ex-cia??
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      The fact is Crimea decided to rejoin Russia at a time when its legitimate government was overthrown and the country was in effect stateless.

      The plans by the coup orchestrator's to take control of Russia's only warm water port was doomed to failure from the get go. There was no way the Russian's were about to entertain this and the outcome should have been obvious.
    • Ann
      "If anyone in the White House, the State Department, the CIA was surprised that Russia would react very strongly to the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO on the one hand or having ballistic missile system set up in Black Sea…those people don't have any COMMON sense."

      There, I fixed it for you.
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      Historically and in reality Economic
      If the Crimea is not Russia also Florida's not the United States.
      More. If the Novorussia is Russian-speaking and not structurally and economically dependent on Russia even Texas is not dependent on the United States. Much more. These American States were dependent on the Spanish Culture. While Crimea and Novorussia were the Russian Empire and Russian Byzantine Culture !!!
      Usa 9.400.000 square kilometers
      Russian Federation 17.000.000 square kilometers

      Исторически сложилось так и в реальности экономического
      Если Крым не Россия также Флорида не Соединенные Штаты.
      Подробнее. Если Novorussia является русский языком, а не структурно и экономически зависимой от России, даже Техас не зависит от Соединенных Штатов. Гораздо больше. Эти американские Штаты зависели от испанской культуры. В то время как Крым и Novorussia были Российской империи и русской византийской культуры !!!
      США 9.400.000 квадратных километров
      Россия Федерация 17.000.000 квадратных километров
    • Ann in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Maybe because, like some others, he could no longer stomach the deceit and lies that is the CIA. The CIA is ROGUE. The agency does NOT represent the USA - they represent the globalist elites. They take their marching orders not from the President, but from the NWO. It's that simple. The CIA is the premier terrorist organization in the world, not ISIS...and they have no boundaries.
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      blah blah blah just let the war begin
    • Ann in reply toarnelmadrinan(Show commentHide comment)
      arnelmadrinan, You've got your combat boots all shined and ready, do ya?
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      arnelmadrinanin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, ...when ?
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      michaelin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, that's possible too, an analyst with values. Another thing may be that the cia is having a problem with staff as they are at a stage where all of the older staff from the cold war are at retirement age.
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      It was the best thing for Crimea to go back to Russia. If it hadn't, the illegal government in Kiev would be attacking Crimea the same way that they've been attacking Donbass.
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      kookain reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      This people in the US believed in obombo's words that Russia is a regional power.
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Whistle blower and a truly a brave one too... man of honour he is.
    • choticastilein reply tocpascal1(Show commentHide comment)
      cpascal1, Best thing yes, because if anybody had tried to attack it -- well then the fat would have been in the fire -- that would have been entering the lair of the Bear -- Imagine if Russia had up and created a coup in Alaska and then for good measure, attacked Washington State too? Well, that's exactly what the Yanks gone and done in Ukraine. Filthy dirty meddling and they haven't stopped ... Difference is Russia wants peace but the insane people in Wastetington wants war and more war.
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      michaelin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, got to agree with that!
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      Have zero interst in a view of Skum
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, I have watched him plenty times on RT and also in an RT documentary which not sure if it was an RT home documentary, it showed on RT last year. It was excellent.

      He is greatly respected and I think an inspiration to others to take the plunge and spill the beans on these bstds, hijacking the world -- so yes more and more have the courage to become whistle blowers..
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      michaelin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, and of course with he and others such as snowden, it makes for a very insecure place to work. One could never trust a colleague and always to be considering criticism as a part of an agenda....
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