Putin is not about to give up on Ukraine

The Financial Times publishes an opinion editorial by David Clark, Chairman of the Russia Foundation, arguing that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not about to give up on Ukraine. The article says that it is not impossible that Russia might miscalculate and make an attempt to annex Crimea, but this Moscow would be reluctant to limit its objectives in this way since seizing a relatively small part of Ukraine would mean giving up on the rest of it. Mr Putin is more likely to regroup and formulate a longer-term plan for rebuilding Russian influence over the country as a whole. The ideal solution would be for the EU, Ukraine and Russia to work together to create a common economic space from which everyone would benefit. Unfortunately, all the indications are that Russia remains a long way from being willing to embrace the kind of change that would make this possible.

Thursday, February 27, 2014