Friday, September 5, 2014
Did The West Force Putin's Hand On Ukraine?
This article in Foreign Affairs offers an explanation for the current situation in Ukraine that differs from what most of the Western media are saying about the problem. Russia has resisted the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe since it began in the 1990's. It argues that Russia was concerned that NATO would put a naval base on its doorstep in Crimea. It also regards the overthrow of the elected government in Kiev as a coup that was inspired by the West. The prospect of having Ukraine on its border, under the NATO umbrella, was the last straw for Putin.