One could also disagree

Even if Russia, in addition to some rhetoric, has mustered military threatening potential to protect the Russians in Ukraine, they do not want to continue the conflict with Ukraine and the West to create. Reference is made to the right-wing extremist groups in western Ukraine and the ousting of Yanukovych is criticized as not being in accordance with the law, and the government also wants to give him protection on Russian territory, but contrary to some fears, Moscow also seems to be interested in not bringing the conflict to an unnecessary head.

According to Itar-Tass, the Russian President is conciliatory. He is said to have instructed his government to stay in touch with partners in Ukraine regarding the economy and trade, to talk to foreign partners such as the IMF about financial aid for the bankrupt country, and to explore what possibilities there are to provide humanitarian aid to Crimea. War cries sounded differently.

After all, Ukraine is a central country for the Eurasian Union planned by Putin against NATO. Russia cannot be interested in a civil war in Ukraine either. The dimensions were also quite different from the case of small Georgia, where Russia had supported with military help the separatism of Abkhazia and Sudossetia. Already in 2008 it was clear that Ukraine could become difficult and a conflict case (Ukraine: flight to NATO). The fact that a referendum is now to be held in Crimea in May on whether the region should remain in Ukraine is not commented on further by the Russian side. There is no interest in a split in Ukraine. The decision also came after pro-Russian militias invaded the parliament.

Admittedly, the reactions remain ambiguous. While it is evident that Russia is putting its military on alert in the border area with Ukraine and having troop exercises held to demonstrate military readiness. But Moscow does not want to set any provocations either and little credibly explains that all this has nothing to do with the situation in the Ukraine. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov therefore also said that everything was proceeding entirely according to routine and within agreed limits.

In talks with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry yesterday, however, his Russian counterpart Lavrov stressed that the agreements of 21. February between Yanukovych and the opposition parties are not yet settled. The agreements have become even more important against the activities of the radicals. But they also allow the deposed and fugitive ex-Ukrainian President Yanukovych, who continues to call himself a legitimate president, to stage a press conference today.

NATO, the USA and the EU, on the other hand, are acting as voices that want to steamroll Russia and bring it to heel. The unjust regime of Yanukovych was criticized, but not the lack of legitimacy to depose him and the violation of the agreement made with Yanukovych. The West also still lacks a real positioning on the right-wing radical forces in Western Ukraine. Both the party Svoboda, as well as the diffuse "Rights bloc" should be left aside. But Klitschko and Tymoshenko have long since reached an agreement with Svoboda.

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