US warns Russian over Ukraine intervention

Armed men patrol at the airport in Simferopol, Crimea. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
Armed men patrol at the airport in Simferopol, Crimea. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
The White House urged Russia to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine, saying any intervention would be a grave mistake.

White House spokesman Jay Carney's comment came as reports surfaced of armed men having taken control of two airports in the Crimea region of southern Ukraine in what the new Ukrainian leadership called an invasion.

Carney said U.S. officials are seeking clarification on the origin of the armed men.

"Intervention would be a grave mistake," he said.

He said Washington is concerned about reports that there might have been an intervention by "an outside state."

The United States has sided with the pro-Western Ukrainian leadership that took over after the departure of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovich early this week.

Carney said U.S. officials have stressed in conversations with Russian officials that the territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected. President Barack Obama spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin a week ago. 

USA hypocrisy

It's sad how often nations resort to 'bully-boy' tactics that most people wouldn't let their kids get away with . But the USA - the world's 'leading democracy' - telling another to avoid intervention and "that the territorial integrity of
Ukraine must be respected" after Iraq and whilst still occupying Afghanistain ?! 

It's as bad as telling one country "No Nukes" whislt keeping a stockpile greater than the rest of the world combined.  Or capturing people , flying them to another country, torturing them and then holding them without trial for over a decade after calling similar actions by other governments criminal.

Hmm .. no , perhaps not as bad as that. Bad USA ... bad ... go to the quiet corner for 10 minutes. 

Still , such hypocrisy seems somehow worse coming from the 'leader of the free world'.

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