Monday, 17 March 2014
Crimea - Russian?
Until 1954 it WAS part of Russia until the then Russian leader "gave" it to Ukraine, then part of the USSR. Since then it has had special status, is filled with mainly Russian speakers, and is home to the Russian Mediterranean fleet. In many ways it still seems like part of mother Russia.
Why not let Crimea rejoin Russia if that is what its people want?
The case of mainly eastern Ukrainian states is more difficult, but I feel even these should go to Russia if its occupants want this. A western looking Ukraine, mainly Ukrainian speaking, may well be smaller than the nation is currently.
The Ukraine should NOT be an excuse for a new Cold War or even WW3. We sleep-walked into WW1 remember. The Russians are being portrayed as the bullies here and this is not the full truth.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine .
Some Ukrainians have long memories of Soviet domination and starvation back in the bad days of the 1920's. It is easy to see why Ukraine has little trust in Russia today. Russia needs to act in a statesman like way here and not be seen as a big, ignorant bully.