Is Russophobia making the situation in Ukraine and Crimea worse?
Summary: Trump actually demanded that Russia give Crimea back to Ukraine.
A new phase of Russophobia has begun. Ukraine, and especially Crimea, are "red lines" in Russia. And Russia's annexation of Crimea was not unreasonable. I think we must accept that Crimea belongs to Russia. However, sanctions on Russia help maintain pressure on Putin especially with regard to the Baltic States. The US had been planning a regime change operation against Ukraine.
When it succeeded as a US-backed coup in 2014, Crimea had a public referendum to decide whether it wanted to return to Russia or stay with the US-backed anti-Russian Ukrainian regime. The people of Crimea overwhelmingly voted for returning to Russia. In fact, Crimea had been a part of Russia until 1954 and its people voted 96.77 per cent to rejoin Russia. And, 69 per cent of the people in Crimea consider themselves Russian.
In the 1991 Soviet Union referendum - about whether the political reforms should include splitting the USSR into independent states, or if it should remain intact - over 76 per cent voted to remain united. The national policies of the sovereign governments should be decided by their own people.
Trump actually "demanded" that Russia give Crimea back to Ukraine. The West is demanding that Russia return Crimea to the Ukraine. But there is no chance of that ever happening. However, the fear is that Trump will reverse his policy and accept that Crimea be part of Russia in order to work with Russia on other issues. That is the about face the West fears.
Neither Ukraine nor Russia need Crimea for their Black Sea ports. Both have coastlines on the Black Sea. The issue of immigration is directly connected to colonialism, corporatism and militarism which manifest in wars.
Many European economies have been hurt by the sanctions and counter-sanctions imposed on Russia. When Putin brutally ended the Chechen fight for independence no one in the corporate media, or the American congress, or on late night talk shows called him names. No one suggested that his country be expelled from the Great nations. But that's the reality.
The writer is a professor based in Oman
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|Publication:||Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)|
|Date:||Dec 5, 2018|
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