Russia vs. the West
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  • lukelea

    LAKE SELIGER Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia’s armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: “It’s best not to mess with us.”

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    Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow, the Russian takeover of Crimea in March was essential to save a largely Russian-speaking population from Ukrainian government violence.

    He said continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists launched an uprising in April, was the result of a refusal by Kiev to negotiate.

    I think Putin has a point. First, EU and US backed protest groups overthrow the elected Ukrainian head of state, whose re-election was already scheduled, whereupon the new parliament tips its anti-Russian hand by briefly outlawing the Russian language. Russia seizes Crimea, which destabilizes the electoral balance of power within Ukraine between the eastern and western halves of the country. The new head of state then aggressively presses (with Western support!) a military offensive against separatist forces in the heavily Russian eastern provinces instead of offering to negotiate a more federal structure of the Ukrainian state.

    A big part of the problem, or so I read, is that there is a big conflict of interest between the two halves of the country over future economic policy: were Ukraine to affirm a free-trade agreement with EU, the heavy industries upon which the eastern half of the country depends for employment, and upon which Russia also depends for the supply of strategic industrial imports, would become obsolete, because uncompetitive with European companies.

    All of this should have been foreseen, and would have been by a more experienced foreign diplomatic establishment. In short, the EU and US are bringing this crisis upon themselves. It is still not too late to retrieve the situation.

    Of course I’m just an armchair amateur in such matters. Walter’s analysis would be far more persuasive. Where does he stand (as opposed to his minions, whose writings are not nearly as penetrating)?

    • Andrew Allison


    • El Gringo

      Ah yes, the old “Russia is the victim and the U.S. forced it to invade Ukraine and shoot down a jumbo jet full of innocents” apology.

      Here, I found a game you will enjoy.

      • lukelea

        Hey, at least I have been following the story.

  • lukelea

    You don’t have to agree with everything that Czech theoretical physicist Lubos Motl (famed for his intemperate personality) says about the Ukrainian situation to see that he makes some valid points:

  • hooharhar

    Makes you wonder if they call french fries “motherland chips”.

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