The United States has to lead again. The world has been a safer, more prosperous and more peaceful place when the US led the free countries of the world. Over the last few years the US has followed a disastrous policy of “leading from behind”. Disastrous insofar, as without US leadership the West and its allies meander around without a clear policy, thus not solving any pressing problems. US leadership up front is needed, not so much militarily, as ideologically and politically. As long as the United States does not formulate clear policy aims and a strategy to achieve these aims, even the most well intentioned ally only goes in circles waiting for the US to point it in the right direction. Continue reading →
As the recent days have shown, Putin continues to his clandestine war against Ukraine to get what he wants: either to annex two thirds of this sovereign European nation or to beat the Ukrainian state into submission and capitulation. Allowing Putin to achieve either of his two goals or even allowing him to continue on his destructive spree will plunge Europe into a decade of political uncertainty at best—or a major pan-European war at worst.
Only a united, pro-active and decisive front by the European Union, the United States of America, NATO and Ukraine, along with all our allies, can defeat Putin’s ambition to re-conquer former Russian colonies. The EU, the US, NATO and Ukraine have to closely coordinate their efforts, with each one taking the lead in the area they are best suited to deal with: NATO in defense, the EU in economics, the US in leadership, and Ukraine in fighting Russian forces on the ground. Continue reading →
Wenn ich alles richtig verstanden habe, dann hat Moskau Washington ein Ultimatum gestellt – entweder die Föderalisierung der Ukraine mit dem Recht auf außenpolitische Selbstbestimmung der Regionen, oder der Kreml behält das Recht, mit allen möglichen Mitteln “die Krise” in der Ukraine zu bekämpfen.
Also entweder sind wir die Leibeigenen der USA und Russlands, oder wir werden erobert. Überhaupt erinnern mich Wladimir Putin und Barak Obama an Wiktor Janukowytsch und unsere Opposition während der Zeiten der Revolution. Drei Monate lang haben Regierung und Opposition versucht, die Realität zu gestalten, dabei haben sie die Meinung und Forderungen der einfachen Menschen ignoriert.
Jetzt wollen Russland und die USA über die Zukunft der Ukraine entscheiden, ohne die Ukrainer selbst an den Verhandlungstisch einzuladen. Womit das enden kann, haben wir schon gesehen. Uns erwartet der Maidan 2.0. Der geopolitische Maidan 2.0.
Was das sein wird: einmütiger Protest oder Partisanenkrieg, ist noch unklar. Sie können verhandeln, worüber sie wollen, aber im Endeffekt muss dennoch die Ukraine selbst diesem Irrsinn ein Ende setzen. Wie pathetisch das sich auch anhören mag.
Security guarantees for Ukraine do not work, so the country is forced to look for other ways of protection, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Danylo Lubkivskiy announced. He made this statement in response to a question about whether Ukraine could promise Russia to remain a non-aligned state.
“Non-aligned status is a decision that should be taken by the Ukrainian nation. But when the safety of the country is put in jeopardy and when guarantors of security do not fulfill their obligations, we will be looking for other ways of protection and defense, and of course, the collective system … Of course, Ukraine should be a part of the collective system of European defense, ” said Lubkivskiy. Continue reading →
Russian forces keep on coming to Ukrainian borders and now not only the Crimean peninsula but also Northern and Eastern parts of Ukraine are endangered of the future possible attacks from the Russian side.
A new classified intelligence assessment concludes it is more likely than previously thought that Russian forces will enter eastern Ukraine, CNN has learned. But it is so? Isn’t this just a diversion to hide the area of main assault? This comes to mind taking into consideration recent developments and the Russian troops building up alongside the northern and north-eastern borders of Ukraine. Continue reading →
A recent cover of a main Dutch newspaper said it all: on top of a photo of a street demonstration the word “Ukraine” had been crossed out and next to it was written “Bosnia!!” The message was clear: Bosnia was where the real action was, where the real demonstrations against the government took place, in Ukraine things were slowly withering away.
However wrong that impression might be, many people in the West indeed think that only little has been left of the force of the opposition against Yanukovych and his regime. And it is a stiff competition: Putin is having his Sochi-show in full galore, Britain is under water, and then there are the occasional other mishaps on the international scene. And thus Ukraine is sharing the position of Syria, where barrel bombs keep on falling from the air creating immeasurable destruction and human misery, but where the eyes of the West have turned away because it is ‘old news’ and the international community does not know what to do or how to behave. Continue reading →
‘I am not going to start that World War III because of you”
General Michael Jackson (General’s response to the order to knock out Russian troops from the Pristina airport during the conflict in Kosovo in 1999)
“The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them”
The words attributed to Vladimir Lenin
Instead of an introduction
Before proceeding to the main issue of this publication, I would like to place some coordinates that will define how I see the situation around the Crimea in its international aspect.
When Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia in 2000, during his first inaugural speech he mentioned, among other things, the restoration of Russia as a great power. Currently in the theory of international relations such a Russia means one that dominates at least in its region – in this particular case we are talking about the Post-Soviet space. It means that implementing Putin’s idea to restore Russia as a great power would not be possible without reformatting the former Soviet Union region with the Kremlin’s exclusive right to veto strategic decisions of the former Soviet republics – the so-called reincarnation of “Brezhnev Doctrine”, but in a much narrower region compared to the communist era.
In fact, during his time in power Putin allocated lots of time and resources for this aim. And Ukraine had and still has a central place in such plans – successfully implementing the plan to establish informal control over our state would mean that Putin will be able to conquer other countries in the European part of the former Soviet Union, given the much lower potential of these countries compared to Ukraine.Therefore, it is clear that any attempt of the West (either through NATO enlargement – which according to Moscow is an openly hostile form of Western activity — or in a milder form of association agreements and free trade area with the EU) to reformat former Soviet space without Russia’s participation, arouses resistance. Therefore, confrontation is inevitable: this in fact we are seeing today. The only question is in the manifestations and forms – a cold war could escalate into something more active. Continue reading →
Mir scheint, dass Putin wieder eine „Großmacht“ auf der Welt darstellen will und gerade demonstriert, wie gut er das Spiel beherrscht. Während der Westen hauptsächlich auf Wirtschaftsmacht setzt, spielt Russland mit allen Registern der „Staatskunst“ (Propaganda, Energieabhängigkeit, Wirtschaft, Militär).
The USA is ready to impose additional sanctions against Russia in connection with the annexation of the Crimea; they will affect a number of Russian oligarchs from Vladimir Putin’s surrounding. DW’s Russian service informs, referring to Reuters, that this has been reported by the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Carney believes that these measures will affect the Russian economy. He advised the investors to be careful with Russian stocks. Continue reading →