Spiegel: in relations with Russia, the West went down the wrong path
The Spiegel columnist Jakob Augustin believes that relations With Moscow, the West went the wrong way: instead to ask " What does Putin?", Western countries are obliged to ask What they achieve, and indeed whether they wish only peace and stability.
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 Russian, RIA " Novosti ". 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 in the U.S., " continued 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." From a new cold war will benefit the United States. We don't, " concluded 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, " he finished Jakob Augustin. Remember, first by British print edition of the guardian wrote that punishment against the capital of Russia became the largest Mistake of the West. Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection With the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July, the EU and the US From point penalties against private individuals and organizations turned To measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia has restricted the import of food items from countries that have introduced in relation to penalties: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.