There was another phone call today between Secretary of State Kerry and the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. The call came after a strategy meeting on Ukraine in the White House. During the call Kerry agreed to Russian demands for a federalization of the Ukraine in which the federal states will […]
Is the Crimean referendum legal?
On March 16 Crimea is to hold a referendum to define its fate. The decision has evoked an extremely nervous reaction in the West. US President Barack Obama said it violated international law but never adduced any legal arguments to support the statement. The same applies to other statements on […]
Ukraine: Truth – the First Casualty
Future historians will no doubt puzzle long and hard over the extraordinary incompetence of Western diplomacy in the decades following the fall of the USSR.
Ukraine: a candid, in-depth discussion
Fighter jets are scrambling, tanks are rumbling, naval destroyer ships are entering dangerous territories, sanctions – diplomatic and economic – are flying, and leaders around the world are exchanging heated rhetoric. What in the world is happening in Ukraine? Here is a discussion with a perspective that is sadly missing […]
World War III over Ukraine, anyone?
It is essential that those working to damp down foreign crises understand the perspectives of the parties involved. This sounds obvious enough, but isn’t always the case. As Russia and the United States face off over Ukraine, this country’s political leaders embrace a narrative far different from what Russian President […]
The Bear Roars Back
Even during a confrontation approaching catastrophic war, leave it to Secretary of State John Kerry to lighten the mood with a touch of comedy gold. Lashing Russia for its troop surge into Crimea as a response to the latest color revolution in Kiev, America’s top diplomat pronounced with a straight […]
Vlad the Bad steals a march on the West
Soviet leader Josef Stalin used to shrug off critics by his favorite Central Asian saying: “The dogs bark; the caravan moves on.” Russia’s hard-eyed president, Vladimir Putin, is following the same strategy over Ukraine and Crimea. Putin swiftly moved his knight into the empty chess square of Crimea, thereby regaining […]
Foreign Office: How not to handle a Black Sea crisis
“All the assumptions on which… this policy [was] based turned out to be wrong…. British domestic opinion would prove hard to persuade that seeking the return… of a fortress on the Black Sea merited the risk of a war with Russia.” William Hague on the Anglo-Russian Crisis (1791) Oxford historian, […]
Washington’s Hysteria Towards Russia Hides US Regime Change
Legally, Washington and its European allies haven’t a leg to stand on. Both can be rightly accused of violating international law from their gross interference in Ukrainian sovereign affairs – from the instigation of violent street protests that led to the sacking of an elected president and government, to the […]
It is sometimes instructive to learn a bit of history to reflect on current events because if we do not learn from history, we are bound to repeat the tragic history of useless wars. This came to me as I read about the escalating situation in Ukraine, where the US […]
Russia is back
The date March 1, 2014 has already entered the annals of history, simply because that day marks the formal recognition of something that had already been going on for several years – the post-Soviet period has come to an end, the unipolar world is now a thing of the past, […]
Russian intervention in Crimea: for peace, not war
The Russian upper chamber has unanimously approved President’s Putin requests for troops to be used in Ukraine. The fist word that comes to mind is intervention. The images that are drawn in one’s imagination parallel those of the devastating pictures from Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. But what will we see […]