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> a "Rapid Reaction Force" to deal with emergencies on Europe's eastern flank. The alliance's military infrastructure is moving toward that exposed flank, and closer to Russia's borders.<|
This is a curious, but not unexpected phrasing of the situation from a "director" of the Moscow Carnegie Institute. For centuries, Ukraine had been Russia's western flank, and not Europe's "eastern flank." Ukraine is not NATO's "exposed flank": it has potentially been Russia's exposed flank since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
>NATO-leaning Ukraine, which the alliance alleges is an object of
No, Ukraine's legitimate government remains that which was legally-elected by all Ukrainians, east and west - the government of president Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych was offered an exploitative loan by the EU/IMF that would've condemned Ukraine to an almost unending debt, and he therefore rejected it in favor of the Russian deal. The West then used a combination of fascist parties and local Opposition members to overthrow Yanukovych's government by force. No subsequent "government" has been installed in the Ukraine since Yanukovych's violent ouster. This illegal ouster reminds the world of the same kind of overthrow of Chile's legally-elected president Allende, and the violent overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeq, both by Western spy agencies. So it is not "Russian aggression" but NATO aggression, that has caused the turmoil in Ukraine. And it is Washington that is touting its "imperial privilege", not Russia, to turn Ukraine into a NATO-led country. Just as Washington has assumed its "imperial privilege" to kill millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and the now unfortunate targeted countries of Syria and Iran.
China's South Seas islands are also not analogous to the Ukraine: the islands have been Chinese possessions for centuries, and have not been claimed by any other country until the 1970s. Today, the situation is aggravated by US instigation: the only similarity here is that it is the same US that is trying to arm China's neighbors, just like what NATO is doing in Eastern Europe.
Russia can never accept a hostile Ukraine in its backyard, anymore than the US accepting a hostile Mexico: one excuse for Reagan's illegal arming of the Nicaraguan "freedom fighters" - actually bloodthirsty mercenaries - was that if the US did not do so, the Sandinistas would soon be "at the doorstep of the Rio Grande(US border)." And Nicaragua did not even share a common boundary with the US.