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Friday, September 19, 2008

Moscow-Based Western Reporters Sniff Around Sevastopol

Narrator: The crew at missile cruiser Moskva is paraded on deck for a roll call. It’s not the first time that the flag-raising ceremony is being by shot by TV cameras, but it’s the first time that the flagship has allowed aboard so many foreign reporters representing major news agencies, newspapers and broadcasters.

Kristof Wanner, DW: We’re interested in how dangerous the situation here in Crimea is. We just took a look at the way things are and want to understand how much…and what the sentiment and the situation is in general here in this city, and how the people feel.

Alexandra Shatzka, CBC: We saw here in Sevastopol that it is a Russian city — in Ukraine, of course. What happens next I don’t know. How will it be possible for Ukraine…uh…to join NATO when here is the chief port of the Russian Black See Fleet.
Commanding officer: Raise the flag!

What a relief this delegation of Moscow-based correspondents, so fluent in Russian, found no Hitler dolls in Sevastopol! Perhaps they should’ve been looking for Stalin dolls.

As for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the lease expires in 2017. And by the way, one can find examples of even more complicated coexistence.

America operates a naval base in the Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Cyprus has been an apple of discord between Greece and Turkey, both NATO countries. Both places have their problems, but the modus vivendi does work.

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Anonymous said...

Well,fortunately not all Western people are that stupid-many of them know about the Yalta summit,Fulton 1946-after all,Russkies are Russkies and will always be.I reside in Sevastopol and I know what I'm talking about.Bob.

Taras said...

Thank you for commenting, Bob!

This mission appears to be sponsored by the Russian Black Sea Fleet. It clearly aims at generating Moscowcentric coverage of the Crimea issue in the Western media.

Ironically, Russia may need NATO more that it is willing to admit. Because of Russia’s vast borders and dwindling population, some scholars believe that it’s not just Ukraine but Russia as well that will ultimately join NATO.