Potemkin wrote:Do you think the Euromaidan faction were going to stop there, @noemon? Putin certainly didn't think so.
Yes I do, the Ukraine was nowhere near to join NATO and Yanukovych was a pro-Russian PM that would never take his country in NATO, euromaidan would not have even happened if Yanukovych stood by his own words to ratify the EU trade agreement.
Russia using Yanukovych to upset the Ukraine's aspiration for trade with the EU, then fomenting terrorism, separatism and eventually outright invasion is not the fault of the west, the EU or the US, Potemkin. It is all the fault of Russia's bellicose aggression and the Soviet Communist quagmires.
The past never really goes away, @noemon. As William Faulkner put it, "The past is never dead. It's not even past."
These Soviet policies of placing strategic territories in neighbouring countries in order to entangle 2 or more areas in a strategic quagmire were all a recipe for disaster which is the same kind of disaster that happened in Bosnia and in Yugoslavia more generally.
Soviet communist experiments now blowing up in our faces decades later is not the fault of the west or the US, though the cheek here is that apparently all this is the "west's fault" for offering token diplomatic support that is well below the requirements of support as stated by the Mutual Defence treaties signed between the Ukraine and the UK; but apparently not the fault of Russia or the Soviets.
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