The Ukraine Crisis for Dummies and Why It Is Important – The Final Chapter – OneEurope

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The Ukraine Crisis for Dummies and Why It Is Important – The Final Chapter – OneEurope.

Ronald Reagan stated 30 years ago that if Europe agrees to have pipelines for Russian gas then it will become dependent. A big mistake was that the West thought that there were some international rules and conventions that Russia would respect.  After the chaotic years under Yeltsin, the KGB, through Putin, re-established total control of Russia.  Some people have stated that Putin is unpredictable but he is actually very predictable. He often stated that he thought the collapse of the Soviet Union was a catastrophe and when he came to power his mission was to expand and rebuild it but not as the Soviet Union but as a new Russian empire.

Putin did not tolerate movements towards independence or autonomy in Chechnya and found little resistance to it from the West. The weak reaction from the West emboldened him to strike at Georgia, which was rapidly moving towards the West under the very progressive Mikheil Saakashvili.  This resulted in more reaction especially from Poland, and Polish President Lech Kaczynski rallied the Baltic States and, interestingly, Ukraine, to send political leaders to Tbilisi to show their support for Georgia.  This resulted in a ‘frozen conflict’ in Georgia and subsequently Russia sponsored the already very wealthy Giorgi Margvelashvili to ensure that he won the presidential election.


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