– Putin Warns “Other Countries Must Respect Russia” (ZeroHedge, May 9, 2014):
Hours ahead of Donetsk’ planned referendum this weekend, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin – speaking from a recently reclaimed Sevastopol (and denounced for being their by Ukraine’s acting government) – has made anything but the market’s much-needed diplomatic comments…
- *PUTIN SAYS OTHER COUNTRIES MUST RESPECT RUSSIA: INTERFAX
- *PUTIN SAYS OTHERS MUST RESPECT RIGHT TO HISTORICAL JUSTICE: IFX
- *PUTIN SAYS NATIONS MUST RESPECT SELF-DETERMINATION RIGHT: IFX
In other words, while he publicly asked for the referendum to be postponed; the people are demanding it and he will live by their will… and if they choose independence, he will enforce it. On a day when 20 have already died in clashes, is it any wonder event risk concerns this weekend are surging.
Ukraine is not happy about his visit…
Statement of the MFA of Ukraine on unauthorised visit by the Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol