buchanan asks some very good questions here i will wager you'll never hear from 'our free press';
On departure for the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, President Donald
Trump canceled his planned weekend meeting with Vladimir Putin, citing
as his reason the Russian military’s seizure and holding of three
Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors.
But was Putin really the provocateur in Sunday’s naval clash outside Kerch Strait, the Black Sea gateway to the Sea of Azov?
Or was the provocateur Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko?
First, a bit of history.
In 2014, after the pro-Russian regime in Kiev was ousted in a coup,
and a pro-NATO regime installed with U.S. backing, Putin detached and
annexed Crimea, for centuries the homeport of Russia’s Black Sea fleet.
With the return of Crimea, Russia now occupied both sides of Kerch
Strait. And this year, Russia completed a 12-mile bridge over the strait
and Putin drove the first truck across.
The Sea of Azov became a virtual Russian lake, access to which was
controlled by Russia, just as access to the Black Sea is controlled by
While the world refused to recognize the new reality, Russia began to
impose rules for ships transiting the strait, including 48 hours notice
to get permission.
Ukrainian vessels, including warships, would have to notify Russian
authorities before passing beneath the Kerch Strait Bridge into the Sea
of Azov to reach their major port of Mariupol..........https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/11/patrick-j-buchanan/neocons-want-war-with-russia-and-china/