Reheated Cold War with Hungarian hostages

There’s a deep political crisis going on in Hungary’s neighbourhood.  This obviously affects Hungary in a number of ways  but there’s an aggravating factor.  There are ethnic Hungarians living in Kárpátalja (Transcarpathia), a region which belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary from its founding in AD 1000 until the Trianon Dictat in 1920.  Like Hungarian Defense Minister Csaba Hende put it, “The life of the Hungarian community in Transcarpathia is the most important measuring device for Hungarian-Ukraine relations.”   Or, using Prime Minister Orbán’s words, “the most important thing for Hungary in the Ukrainian crisis is the safety of Hungarians both in Hungary and in Kárpátalja. This is the standpoint from where we regard each and every event”.  This is  why I’m going to make a couple of posts on the Ukrainian situation.

Ukraine‘s new government,  “glued together” by spin doctors like US State Secretary Viktoria Nuland, is now headed by a Jew,  Arseniy Yatsenyuk , who pledges to  execute tough IMF austerity measures (it’s worth reading this article in Forbes!), and  six major cabinet ministers in Yatsenyuk’s government come from the party  Svoboda.  Svoboda is the successor to the  Social-National Party of Ukraine  which is a reference to National Socialism .

One of the Nuland-approved ministers is Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of Svoboda.  I wonder when he, using his own words, will start “fighting against the Moskali, Germans, Kikes and other scum who want to take away our Ukrainian state”…

And this leaked phone conversation between Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet    and   High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton confirms the rumours that the snipers, who killed both protesters and officers of the riot police in Kiev, were employed by the leaders of the Maidan “revolution”.  Catherine Ashton really doesn’t appear to be particularly taken aback and her office declined to comment “on alleged phone conversations”. On the other hand the Estonian Foreign Minister has admitted  the conversation is authentic.

Kárpátalja is in Western Ukraine where anti-Russian sentiments are manifested like shown in this Russian-made TV programme.  Well, the Western press hardly reports on this side of the unfolding story…

Last week  Russia  invaded Crimea.  The  peninsula in the Black Sea, which was given to Ukraine in 1954 “as a symbolic gesture”, is of strategic importance to Russia.  Russia has intervened under the pretext of  “protecting the Russian minority”. Incidentally the very first thing the new Ukrainian administration did was making the Ukrainian language exclusive and scrapping the language rights of Russians, together with Hungarians’.  No doubt the Russian invasion is a breach of international law.  However the Russians are doing only what the US has done quite a few times, for example with the occupation of Iraq.  Grenada’s invasion in 1983 was condemned by the United Nations General Assembly as “a flagrant violation of international law” by a vote of 108 in favour to 9, with 27 abstention.   Maybe the Russians  should search for WMDs in Crimea to pour oil on US troubled waters. 😉

Hungary is an EU and NATO member.    However the protection of the Hungarian community in Kárpátalja  depends very much  on Russia’s policies.  It’s a very delicate path Hungary must tread indeed.

To be continued…

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  1. There is an article on Yahoo news which puts the events in the view of Hungarians living in Transcarpathia who are harassed and intimidated by Ukrainian extremist http://news.yahoo.com/ukraines-hungarian-minority-nervous-crisis-rages-180154807.html

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  2. “And this leaked phone conversation … confirms the rumours that the snipers, who killed both protesters and officers of the riot police in Kiev, were employed by the leaders of the Maidan “revolution”.

    The Guardian is claiming “In the call, Paet said he had been told snipers responsible for killing police and civilians in Kiev last month were protest movement provocateurs” i.e. Paet confirmed the existence of the rumour, not the truth of the rumour. And Ashton says “”I think we do want to investigate”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/ukraine-bugged-call-catherine-ashton-urmas-paet

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    • Well, Paet also referred to indirect evidence:
      “So she also showed me some photos, she said that as medical doctor, she can say it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened.”

      And his conclusion was:
      “So there is a stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych, it was somebody from the new coalition”

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