The Ukraine crisis: John Kerry and NATO must calm down and back off
2 Mar 2014: Jonathan Steele: The hysterical reaction to Russian military movements in Crimea won’t help. Only Kiev can stop this crisis becoming a catastrophe
This was a great analysis of the real issues in the Ukraine, and the plea to the US and others to back off is a valid one..
There is a Russian-speaking majority in the Crimea that doesn’t want it’s language and culture threatened, as it is by a new law forcing all Ukrainians to adopt the language, and this is sounding as if a form of cultural genocide is to be made a sacred deal by Ukrainian nationalists..whereas the people on both sides of the language issue have much in common, giving Putin an excuse to muscle into territory he doesn’t want to lose to the EU is no way to progress..
Still, it is the Ukraine’s fight , and they must be allowed to decide their fate without the intervention of NATO or any other body.
The protesting Opposition in the Ukraine is composed of a complicated set of groups from democrats to right-wing neo-fascists, and support should be given unconditionally for direct help in areas like medicine, but no other intervention makes any sense at all…