Russian fleet inspires Crimean separatists, Tatar leader says

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Aug. 15, 2010, 10:23 a.m. | Ukraine — by UNIAN

Russia's Black Sea Fleet fuels Crimean separatism, could drag Ukraine into foreign wars, say Tatars

Speaking to UNIAN Aug. 14, the leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev warned that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet may drag Ukraine in foreign wars. “We believe there shouldn’t be any foreign bases on Ukraine’s territory. The more so of the countries in which a large part of their political establishment have territorial claims to Ukraine,” he stressed.

Given the role the BSF played in the 2008 Russian-Georgian war, we believe the fleet posses a threat of entangling Ukraine in foreign wars,” Dzhemilev warned.

“We also believe the BSF presence in Crimea incites pro-Russian separatist forces to anti-Ukrainian actions, endangers Ukraine’s territorial integrity and promotes a threat of an interethnic conflict on the peninsula,” the leader of Crimean Tatars said.

The Kharkiv agreement extending the stationing of BSF for another 30 years did not cause enthusiasm among the Crimean Tatars, Dzhemilev added.
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Anonymous Aug. 15, 2010, 4:02 p.m.    

Russia plans to take Ukraine over soon so there is no problem with fleet in Crimea. They will also take Georgia so they can protect Iran from attack. Ukraine can only stop Russia if they get rid of Yanik. This must happen soon to avoid being eaten by the hungry bear!

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Anonymous Aug. 16, 2010, 3:01 a.m.    

In the article we read true Ukrainian patriotism from a concerned nonrusyn, who probably speaks in a language other than Ukrainian.

For the follow-up comment we have a seemingly newrussian who spouts Ukraine inferiorities in jest and probably switches from Ukrainian to Russian when hearing it.

Does freedom of the press safeguards such extremes?

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