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Ted180 Post time: 2016-8-19 19:50
My first response failed to appreciate that, in a sense, Russians have some reason to believe thei ...
Never received an alert of your response my friend. On the surface, and for one who believes in the goodness of the West, your statement makes sense. When one takes more than a cursory look, into the problems faced by Russia, the picture changes.
Russia, rightly or wrongly, encompasses huge untapped resources. That wealth may, if used properly, render Russia an economic superpower in the not so distant future. Russia under Putin, gathered all its assets and looked to the West for acceptance as an equal player...... in the capitalist game that spans the globe. All those efforts were rejected by the powers that be, so she gathered all her toys and looked to the East for trade partners. So Russia cannot be blamed for the situation that arose out of that.
In the hope that an enlightened administration may appear in the US, Russia did not severe all its ties to the West, and that is becoming a millstone round Russia's neck. The sanctions have caused some suffering to the Russians, but even more so the the Europeans. The last thing the US hegemon wanted to see, was the growing cooperation and interdependence between Europe and Russia. Hence the efforts in Ukraine. First the failed Orange revolution and then the coup against Yanukovych.
Ukraine was the bread-basket of the USSR. So by controlling Ukraine the West hoped to be able to control the supply of bread to the Russians, and the transfer of gas to the Europeans.... an evil ploy that backfired. Russia now is left with no other option, but to prepare for war with the US. It is sad.