Do you hear that sound? That’s the sound of European knees knocking against each other in fear of Russia’s response to the revolution in Ukraine:
EU officials said they were becoming increasingly concerned about how Russia would react and were dialing back on some of their more aggressive diplomatic and financial efforts.The European Commission, for example, said on Monday that it would await a “legitimate government” to be produced after May’s elections before reviving talks over its integration treaty with Kiev.
As WRM noted on Saturday,
Putin at this point does not seem to have much respect for his counterparts in either Washington or Brussels. He believes he is up against dithering wimps who profess high ideals but are deeply risk averse.
If Putin was having any doubts on that count, they’re surely dispelled by now.