Friday, June 13, 2014

What's good for the goose is good for the gander

USA and her allies are supplying arms, funds, logistics support and  trainers to the"rebels" in Syria and have been doing so from the start of the conflict there in 2011, and who knows maybe even before that, but when Americans now suspect Russia of supplying weaponry to the separatists in Ukraine, they have the chutzpah to say "Unacceptable." Hypocrites. 

Michael R Gordon writing at NYTimes:
....The State Department confirmed on Friday that Russia had sent tanks and other heavy weapons to separatists in Ukraine.

A column of three T-64 tanks, several BM-21 “Grad” multiple rocket launchers, and other military vehicles crossed the border near the Ukrainian town of Snizhne, State Department officials said. Reports and images of the weapons circulated on Thursday, but there were conflicting claims about where they had come from.

“This is unacceptable,” said Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman. “A failure by Russia to de-escalate this situation will lead to additional costs.”

A Western official said that intelligence about the movement of the tanks and other weapons into Ukraine had been shared on Friday with NATO allies. Secretary of State John Kerry complained earlier this week about the flow of Russian arms to separatists in Ukraine in a phone call to Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister.....

....“Russia will claim these tanks were taken from Ukrainian forces, but no Ukrainian tank units have been operating in that area,” the State Department said Friday afternoon. “We are confident that these tanks came from Russia.”

“We also have information that Russia has accumulated multiple rocket launchers at this same deployment site in southwest Russia, and these rocket launchers also recently departed,” it added. “Internet video has shown what we believe to be these same rocket launchers traveling through Luhansk.”........

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