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Ukraine: Moscow does not want a new Cold War



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The key points to remember from the day Friday:

-Moscow Does not want a new Cold War, said the spokesman of President Vladimir Putin. We are reassured.

-the Pro-Russian activists blocked by erecting a barricade there, the entrance to the headquarters of the Ukrainian fleet in Sevastopol, in southern Crimea. In addition, the OSCE observers were blocked for the second time was by armed men at the entrance to the Crimea.

-There Can be no referendum on the future of the Crimea "without Ukraine itself has decided to organize it," said Francois Hollande, rejecting the consultation announced for March 16 by Supporters of connecting the peninsula to Russia. The President of the Republic, which received at the Elysee between Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko, said that "the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine can not negotiate."

07.03.2014 at 21:56



Lavrov warns Kerry

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the US Secretary of State John Kerry against precipitate action or sanctions which may harm the Russian-American relations tonight during a telephone conversation, a said the Russian Foreign Ministry.

During the meeting, the two ministers continued their discussions in Paris and Rome and have not overcome their differences on the Ukrainian crisis.

07.03.2014 at 20:50



Moscow does not want a new Cold War

Moscow does not want a new Cold War, said tonight the spokesman of President Vladimir Putin, after heightened tensions with the West due to the request of the pro-Russian Ukrainian Crimean peninsula to be attached to Russia. The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, was asked about the possibility of a new Cold War because of the crisis in Ukraine, during a program on public television Rossia 1.

"We would like to avoid, I hope it is not so, it has not yet begun and it will not start," he said.

07.03.2014 at 20:30



Crimea 2014, Georgia 2008, Russia replays its standards

Catherine Goueset Journalist LExpress.fr

To speed up the process of connecting to the territory of Crimea, Russia uses the same tricks in Georgia in 2008, changing its laws, facilitated grant Russian passports and release of funds to the peninsula.

>> Read: How long does Russia was preparing his speech?

07.03.2014 at 19:28



The General Staff of the Ukrainian fleet locked in Crimea

Pro-Russian activists blocked Friday night by erecting a barricade to the entrance of the headquarters of the Ukrainian fleet in Sevastopol, in southern Crimea.

The Ukrainian military inside "can come out if they want, but if they do, we will not let them go over," said Dmitri, a member of a "vigilante" faction before this small wall made of stacked crates and near which is planted a Russian flag.

Among the twenty pro-Russian activists present, all dressed in civilian clothes, some wear a red armband that says "Russian Bloc". On the other side of the grid, Ukrainian soldiers without weapons, but in camouflage, are pacing, hands in pockets.

07.03.2014 at 19:00



Putin wants to "ease tensions"

Hours before the opening ceremony Friday night, the Ukrainian team announced that it would not boycott the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, but clearly expressed its disapproval of the situation in Crimea.

Remember, no French minister will be present at the opening ceremony.

Vladimir Putin visits the host city of the Games, spoke on the subject.

I hope the Paralympics will be able to soothe some tensions over Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin, speaking to the president of the International Paralympic Committee

07.03.2014 at 18:09



Who is the favorite of the Ukrainian presidential election?

Petro Poroshenko, former Foreign Minister Viktor Yanukovych, was received Friday by Francois Hollande at the Elysee. He is the favorite in the polls scheduled for early presidential May 25 Portrait by The Huffington Post here.


Ukraine: Moscow does not want a new Cold War


Petro Poroshenko (left) on his arrival at the Elysee Palace, with Bernard-Henri Lévy and Vitali Klitschko. - REUTERS / Charles Platiau



07.03.2014 at 17:41



No "official invitation" to the OSCE, according to Moscow

Russia criticized the OSCE, including observers for the second time been prevented from entering the Crimea, claiming that they had not expected to receive an "official invitation" pro-Russian authorities before the peninsula to get there.

"In defiance of their terms, they have not said a word on the development of nationalist and neo-Nazi tendencies, and obviously they have not noticed the violent acts of extremist forces" in Ukraine, said the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Russia calls extremists the new Ukrainian authorities, who according to President Vladimir Putin made ​​a "seizure of power by force." It considers that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych is still the legitimate head of state of the country.

07.03.2014 at 17:26



Holland: "Leave open the path of dialogue"

Our goal is always to leave open the path of dialogue so that Russia can enter as it is decided to do - I'm talking about President Putin - perch that can be stretched him.

Francois Hollande at the Elysee

07.03.2014 at 17:18



Tatars Peninsula expressed support for the new Ukrainian government at the start of Yanukovych. Since, in order to avoid retaliation, they low profile on this Russian-speaking peninsula favorale Putin.


Ukraine: Moscow does not want a new Cold War


A Crimean Tatar went Friday morning at the mosque in Khan Chair near Simferopol. - Reuters / Thomas Peter



07.03.2014 at 17:07



Hollande opposes the referendum in Crimea

There can be no referendum on the future of the Crimea "is not that Ukraine itself decided to organize it," said Francois Hollande, rejecting the consultation announced for March 16 by supporters of linking the peninsula to Russia.

The President of the Republic, which received at the Elysee between Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko, said that "the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine can not negotiate."


Ukraine: Moscow does not want a new Cold War


Francois Hollande and former boxer and Ukrainian presidential candidate Vitali Klitschko, at the Elysee. - REUTERS / Charles Platiau



07.03.2014 at 16:57



Controversy over the identity of Kiev snipers

A private conversation between Catherine Ashton, head of EU diplomacy, Urmas Paet and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, flows from Wednesday on YouTube. The minister explains receiving the testimony of a doctor and Ukrainian activist Olga Bogomolets, the identity of the sniper instead Maidan: "The conviction, that this is not Yanukovich, but someone new coalition is behind snipers is increasing. If this information is true, it strongly discredit the new coalition. "

Information is obviously to take the conditional, the Estonian minister being himself sure. But the Russia Today channel pro-Kremlin has disseminated and used the opportunity to vilify the treatment of Western media. A presenter RT ironically posted on Twitter: "No matter what this conversation reveals the opponents, let's talk about who might be the cause of the leak."



03/07/2014 16:53



The IMF welcomes the determination of the new government in Kiev

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Friday was "impressed" by the reform will expressed by the new authorities in Ukraine, who requested financial assistance from the Fund to get out of the rut.

I am positively impressed by the determination of the Ukrainian authorities, their sense of responsibility and commitment to a program of economic reforms and transparency.

Reza Moghadam, director of the IMF's European Department

07.03.2014 at 16:19



OSCE observers will return Saturday

OSCE observers will try again to get in Crimea Saturday, according to a Canadian CBC journalist.

After three negotiation Attempts, military APÉNDICE Likely to stop trying to get to Crimea tonight, Will try again tomorrow. #cbc

- Nahlah Ayed (NahlahAyed) March 7, 2014

07.03.2014 at 16:13



These Ukrainians who feel "hostages" in Crimea

Le Point published a report of its correspondent in Crimea, which followed two Ukrainians Peninsula, Russian-speaking minority on this territory: "In shock, Tamara and Oleksandr feel both" hostages "in their own land." Read here.

07.03.2014 at 16:08



OSCE observers turn around

OSCE observers have decided to turn around. They have for the second time were blocked by armed men at the entrance to the Crimea.

07.03.2014 at 16:00



Klitschko and Poroshenko received at the Elysee

Ukrainian delegation in Paris: the opponent and former sports Vitali Klitschko and former Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko, the favorite of the presidential election on 25 May, are at the Elysee Palace, where they were received by Francois Hollande . They are accompanied by Bernard-Henri Lévy.

Vitali Klitschko will be at JT France 2 to 20h.

Klitschko arrives at the Elysee walk accompanied by BHL received in the court by Holland pic.twitter.com/zVfgc9DNH1

- Samir Tounsi (Lateuser) March 7, 2014

07.03.2014 at 15:54



The 266,000 Muslims living in the Crimea Tatars (13% of the population) are largely opposed to the annexation of the peninsula by Russia.

Their relationship with Turkey is an important factor if the Tatars revolt, the relationship between Moscow and Ankara could worsen, and the positive image of Russia in Muslim countries deteriorate.

To read on The Guardian (English).

07.03.2014 at 15:38



Gazprom threatens to cut gas to Ukraine

The Russian company Gazprom, the world's largest gas exporter, has threatened Ukraine to interrupt deliveries. Energy argument is one of the weapons on which rests Moscow in this crisis.

Kiev Russian gas payment arrears amounted to $ 1.89 billion. "This means that Ukraine has de facto stopped paying the gas," said the head of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, quoted by Russian news agencies.

He added that Kiev and took the "risk of return to the situation in early 2009," when gas supplies were interrupted and had disrupted supplies to several European countries.

07.03.2014 at 15:13



The nervousness of the inhabitants of Crimea

The correspondent of the World in Ukraine went to meet inhabitants of the Crimean Peninsula. There are differing about the Russian intervention. The feeling: nervousness. "I do not understand why the army is here. I do not know if there will be war," says a waitress. Read it here.

07.03.2014 at 15:09



65,000 people in Moscow in support of Crimea

According to the Moscow police, more than 65,000 people gathered in the Russian capital for a concert in support of the inhabitants of Crimea.

They're chanting "Moscow! Russia! Crimea" by the Kremlin at this rally Organised by the autorités pic.twitter.com/9wanO1mmAz

- Steve Rosenberg (BBCSteveR) March 7, 2014

07.03.2014 at 15:02



The observers arrived in the Crimea entry point

Military observers from the OSCE arrived at the entry point in the Crimea, where they were blocked by armed men, for the second time in two days.

Near the village of Tchongar, one of only two access points to the peninsula, the two buses transporting forty observers, followed by a fifty Ukrainian civilian cars were prevented from passing by a dozen unarmed men identified that established a dam, photographed by a Canadian journalist.

More of the gunmen Who Blocked access to OSCE military APÉNDICE at the Crimean frontier. #cbc pic.twitter.com/ScuV2kex7T

- Nahlah Ayed (NahlahAyed) March 7, 2014

07.03.2014 at 14:14



Are masked Russian soldiers?

These soldiers are not Russian ... Really? Netizens took Putin at his word and demonstrate through sound and image, that the mysterious soldiers who invaded Crimea indeed belong to the Russian special forces.


Ukraine: Moscow does not want a new Cold War


Taking hold of the Crimea, the masked soldiers without insignias, are Russian? - REUTERS / Vasily Fedosenko



03/07/2014 12:58



Observers repressed will retry their luck

The 40 military observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), expelled Thursday by gunmen at the entrance to the Crimea, will again attempt to do so, according to a source who wishes to park his anonymity.

07.03.2014 at 12:50



Japan supports the US

Japan supports the US in the Ukrainian crisis and "hope for rapid progress" Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured Barack Obama in a telephone conversation.

07.03.2014 at 10:53



"The Crimea in Russia is like Scotland in the UK"

Valentina Matvienko, politician peak in Russia, close to Putin, compares the annexation of Crimea to that of Scotland in the UK. "An internationally recognized act on the will of the people," she said, according to several journalists.

Valentina Matvienko compares #Crimea parliament decision to Scotland - -internationally accepted moyen de acting on people's Will.

- Paul Sonne (PaulSonne) March 7, 2014

Matvienko: If Crimea Becomes share of Russia it Will Be a full subject area with all the same rights as Any Other.

- Shaun Walker (@ shaunwalker7) March 7, 2014

07.03.2014 at 10:33



Calm in Donetsk

In Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, everything is relatively "calm", according to the BBC.

#Donetsk In eastern #Ukraine is quiet, regional administration building and closed Surrounded by Police

- Dina Newman (Dinanewman) March 7, 2014

07.03.2014 at 09:40



Hostility against journalists in Simferopol

This Haaretz journalist is concerned about a "growing hostility towards journalists here in Simferopol," the capital of Crimea.

Worrying reports on rising hostility Towards Journalists' here in #Simferopol #Crimea #Ukraine

- Anshel Pfeffer (AnshelPfeffer) March 7, 2014

07.03.2014 at 09:19



In the head of Vladimir Putin ...

Marie Simon Journalist LExpress.fr

What's going on in the head of Vladimir Putin? In the media, commentators interested in the psychology of the Russian president. He "was boosted by the Olympics in Sochi, he is the tsar, he no longer feels," said the researcher, for example Helena White (Russia Blues Ginkgo editor, 2012) in the program "28 minutes" on Arte. "Putin is certainly megalomaniac," adds Nina Khrushcheva, great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev and expert in international relations, the lapresse.ca site. "I know my Putin. It's not a great strategist, but he knows seize opportunities. (...) He wants to be recognized as a strong man," she said in Liberation. But beware, " is anything but a braggart, "adds François Heisbourg on Francetvinfo. "Putin is someone relatively simple. When he speaks, as he has just done, it must be taken seriously. It should not be assumed that galèje" added the expert in geostrategy.

07.03.2014 at 09:17



Crimean Tatars want to boycott the referendum

Crimean Tatars, a Muslim tradition of community are worried and could boycott the March 16 referendum. This minority persecuted and deported under Stalin, who had returned to the peninsula after 1991, began to flee by the hundreds to join Lviv, in western Ukraine. A Simferopol on Wednesday showed some face the pro-Russian, against the idea of ​​a referendum that would endorse the annexation of the Crimea to Russia. Referendum "contradicts the interests of the multinational population of Crimea is a provocation that feeds the escalation of tension," say the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people in a statement announcing their boycott of the consultation.

07.03.2014 at 09:03



The Russian parliament will respect the "historic choice" of Crimea

The Russian parliament will respect the "historic choice" of the Crimea in the referendum that will offer voters a unification of the Ukrainian peninsula to Russia, said Friday the State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin. "We will support the free and democratic choice of the people of Crimea," he added.

07.03.2014 at 08:51



A bridge between Russia and the Crimea?

Marie Simon Journalist LExpress.fr

The bridge between Russia and the Crimea Laurent Fabius suggests that would span the Strait of Kerch. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev "had signed a decree on the construction" of the bridge of 4-5 km, wrote Voice of Russia on 3 March. "Talking in a decade", the project would be "brought back to life," added the Russian Ria Novosti news agency.

"The timing of this announcement sends a political message," even that "no Russian Prime Minister really wants to be associated with this bridge," said the Wall Street Journal. And for good reason: the first to have had the idea, according to the American newspaper, is nothing that "Adolf Hitler who dreamed of this bridge" that would open the way of the Caucasus and natural resources ... symbolize "his Nazi empire, united Europe to Asia."

>> See the Strait of Kerch on a map

07.03.2014 at 08:40



Meanwhile, in Sochi ...

Laurent Fabius confirmed that there would be "no French official Paralympic Games in Sochi." The Paralympic Games open on Friday but the opportunity to wear the colors of sport for the disabled may be stifled by saber-rattling in Ukraine.


Ukraine: Moscow does not want a new Cold War


Vladimir Putin with members of the Russian Paralympic team on Thursday in Sochi. - REUTERS / Alexei Nikolskyi / RIA Novosti / Kremlin



07.03.2014 at 08:33



Sanctions against Putin?

More statements Laurent Fabius this morning on France Info ... Where i ballast issue new sanctions against Russian officials and the Franco-Russian friendship.

Fabius onfranceinfo: "If there is no result, there will be new penalties for officials and Russian companies."

- France Info (franceinfo) March 7, 2014

Fabius onfranceinfo does not comment on possible sanctions against Putin, but "for the near environment that is a possibility."

- France Info (franceinfo) March 7, 2014

Fabius onfranceinfo: "I am a friend of Russia but the partnership, it is not weak and friendship is not the blindness"

- France Info (franceinfo) March 7, 2014

07.03.2014 at 08:30



Fabius: "The approach of the Crimea in liaison with Russia"

Should we see in Ukraine, especially in Crimea, a maneuver of Vladimir Putin? "Of course," Fabius said on France Info, listing the clues that point in this direction, he said. "This approach is taken in conjunction with the Russian authorities, that is obvious. First there was the Russian soldiers. Then Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced the construction of a bridge between Russia and the Crimea, on the Kerch Strait ... And then there is a law in the Duma saying that if a region of a country vote for unification with Russia, let Russia do. "

07.03.2014 at 08:23



Fabius: "The referendum in Crimea is illegal"

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is interviewed on France Info. "Always try to find ways of dialogue ... day before yesterday, there has been some escalation. But yesterday it was the reverse, with the Crimean parliament who voted annexation" of the peninsula Russia and announced a referendum on the issue. Consultation "illegal under international law" and the date was changed from 30 to 16 March.

07.03.2014 at 08:20



Lavrov and Kerry talk but do not agree


Ukraine: Moscow does not want a new Cold War


After three games in two days, the heads of Russian and American diplomacy Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry failed to find a diplomatic solution for Ukraine. - REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque



07.03.2014 at 08:10



8am point

Return on essential news on Ukraine to 8am.

-. A referendum in Crimea This Thursday, Crimea asked for unification with Russia and plans to hold a referendum on this issue on 16 March. A new step towards a partition of Ukraine. The two million Russian-speaking majority to have the choice of a union with Russia and autonomy significantly strengthened vis-à-vis Kiev.

-. Sanctions against Moscow, the situation still worried Westerners who announced new economic and diplomatic sanctions against Moscow after a day marked by diplomatic meetings, including Brussels and Paris.

- A Putin-Obama interview. The US and Russian presidents have spoken Thursday one hour on the phone. Barack Obama justified the sanctions that "Russia is in violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine". Putin replied that he could not ignore calls with Ukraine, saying that this "problem" was "important" but "isolated" and should not harm relations between Moscow and Washington.

- Yanukovych soon wanted by Interpol Ukrainian authorities have asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" against the Ukrainian ousted President Viktor Yanukovych (now Russia) for "abuse of power and murder." The red notice is a request for arrest for the purpose of extradition. This request is being examined.

Read more here.

03/07/2014 at 08:00



Hello everyone. A warm welcome (s) on this live devoted to the Ukrainian crisis on Friday. See our special report on the crisis, the situation in Crimea and diplomatic discussions.

07.03.2014 at 07:10

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