The Cold War has been over for nearly two decades but remnants of the old struggles continue impacting nations in eastern Europe. The Ukraine’s bid to join NATO has frightened and created anger within the Russian government which fears having a powerful military forces on its borders. Prime Minister Putin warned the government of the Ukraine not to go through with its proposed membership in NATO if it wishes to continue having strong economic relations with Russia. After the split up of the Soviet Union, the Ukraine inherited a large military and electronics industry that was geared towards supplying the Russian military. It is state run, under-funded and unable to readjust their production for other nations other than Russia.
There is no logical reason why the Ukraine should enter NAT) other than issues of prestige. Putin is acting in his normal manner as a bully, but the stakes are too high to pursue the NATO bid which provides no security to the Ukraine. The best security for the Ukraine i
The Russian Foreign Ministry is upset because a Ukranian politician had the audacity to insult the beloved and always correct Vladmir Putin. Russia told the Ukranian government it did not wish people in its country “who damage the Russian Federation by action or word.” The Russians were particularly upset because the city of Kiev refused to allow Moscow’s Mayor Yury Luzhkov to enter the Ukraine, no doubtedly, because of his urging that Russia assume control over the Black Sea seaport of Sevastopol which belongs to the Ukraine.
The war of words between Russia and the Ukraine, which was once part of the Soviet Union, continues in all its fury. Russia claims the Ukraine’s first deputy justice minister had insulted Putin, but then again, every dissident who believes in free speech, a free press or a free election has insulted Putin. The underlying causes stem from a desire on the part of Russia to force the Ukraine to heed close to Russian foreign policy and to reject membership in either the European Union or NATO. The Ukraine, in turn, is furious at the blatant attempts by Russia to use its energy supplies to force the Ukraine to be more obedient.
At a meeting witht the prime minister of the Ukraine, Russia’s President Putin addressed the issue of American missiles that would soon be based in Poland and the Czech Republic. He warned the Ukrainian leader that seeking membership in the European Union would undoubtedly result in a changed Russian attitude toward his nation. “I am not only terrified to utter this,” said Putin, “it is scary to think Russia… could have to target its offensive rocket systems at the Ukraine.” If the Ukraine enters the European Union it might well have the United States place its missile systems on their territory.
At the meeting, Russia’s foreign minister warned that a declaration of independence by Kosovo could result in a “chain reaction” throughout the region. Russia is always fears that parts of its nation might also seek to declare independence.
There is no justifiable grounds for installling American missile defense systems in Poland or the Czech Republic. Claims about possible missiles from North Korea or Iran are ridiculous. If that is the fear, why didn’t the United States accept the Russian offer that it could establish missile defense systems on its territory? Russia is closer to Iran and North Korea than Poland and the Czech Republic. The real reason lies in the warped mind of George Bush who lacks any understanding of international relations. We are living in 2008 when there is no threat of a Russian attack and Bush thinks he is living in 1958.
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France’s President, Nicolas Sarkozy, is headed for his first trip to Russia, but along the way he intends talking with nations that have rocky relations with their Russian neighbor. He will meet with Ukranian president Viktor Yuschchenko who led the Orange Revolution against Moscow’s man in the Ukraine, and the French president will also meet with Poland’s president Lech Kaczyinski who has continually expressed his concerns about Russia. Sarkozy will meet with Czech leaders who are supporting American efforts to place missiles in their nation, an action, which has resulted in negative reactions from Putin.
Sarkozy has a tendency to regard himself as more knowledgeable than other leaders in dealing with international issues and concerns. He apparently enjoys throwing his weight around to prove France is still a powerful nation in the world. He will be meeting with President Putin who is a mirror image of the French president in believing in his personal power to dominate and control. It will be interesting to observe the outcome of a meeting between two arrogant men.
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