Spiegel: accusing the Russian Federation, the West forgets about his own mistakes.
In relations With Russia, the West went down the wrong path, says columnist Jakob Augustin. Instead to ask, " What does Putin?", Western countries have to ask themselves, What they achieve, the journalist writes. And the truth is they just want stability and peace?
Error Augustin considers the approach of NATO To Russia's borders. The American diplomat George Kennan, who coined the concept of " containment " against the USSR, NATO enlargement after 1998 " tragic Mistake ", as the Soviet Threat no longer existed. Kennan predicted Russia's reaction to the approach of NATO, which for the West agreed opinion about neispravnosti Russians.
The West ought to know, writes Augustin that Ukraine is a red line, the intersection of which Russia will not tolerate. Since 1991, said Victoria Nuland, the U.S. has invested $5 billion in Ukraine, that she " got a future that is worth it." However, like the journalist, Nuland became famous and his other words: " To hell with the EU ".
" We ask, What Putin wants. But we know What We want the United States, " continues Augustin. Former U.S. Secretary of state Condoleezza rice advised Europe to reduce its dependence On Russian energy and rely on North American supplies. The U.S. already produce more gas than Russia, soon, it may be, will be to extract more oil than Russia and Saudi Arabia, adds the Creator of the article.
" The new cold war will benefit the United States. We don't " - sums up the German journalist.
The project of Westernization of Ukraine must be stopped, says Augustin. According to him, Ukraine's right to self-determination does not imply the right to membership in NATO and the EU. The Creator of the article believes that the best option for Ukraine would be neutral status, similar to that possessed by Austria after 1945." But for such change course We must recognize that the West is on the wrong path, " says Jakob Augustin.