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This is No Time to Ease Up on Putin (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

 

"The West can liaise with an authoritarian Russia, but not at the expense of the independence and territorial integrity of the countries of Europe. Tightening the screws on Putin is for now less risky to us than consenting to a watering down of these principles. Moscow has already shown how painful it is when she takes advantage of our weaknesses."

 

By Tomasz Bielecki

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Translated By Karol Rosoliński

 

December 19, 2014

 

Poland - Gazeta Wyborcza - Original Article (Polish)

After the Russian president's address one is appalled to ask: if Putin won't start to bite harder now, when will sanctions and economic trouble drive him into a corner? Won't someone worse come to power after him?

 

Putin menaces Russians, mainly Kremlin elites - telling them that the West is not only after Ukraine but a change of power in Moscow. Putin's false image of reality creates involuntary spokesmen in the West who ask, "Is it wise to bait a madman?

 

http://worldmeets.us/images/donbass-micro_map.gifNone of this true, though. The West will withdraw economic sanctions when Moscow once and for all halts its transfer of weapons and troops to Donbass and honestly supports the ceasefire. The West doesn't covet Crimea nor does it need an upheaval in the Kremlin. Moreover, this thesis about the crisis, which would quickly trigger turmoil in Moscow, stinks of exaggeration. The crisis isn't so deep, Putin is not insane, and his power is not so shaky.

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War in Ukraine sealed the end of the post-Cold War era when Russia opened up to integration with the Western world, although often on speciously conceived principles. The West's pliancy and gullibility in offering Putin a "second chance" accelerated the erosion of post-Cold War rules. Russia torpedoed Kiev's rapprochement with the E.U. because for too long, the West consented to the post-Soviet sphere of influence. When the war began in Ukraine, Europe refrained from economic sanctions - even after the annexation of Crimea. It only reacted when Putin sent his army into Donbass.

 

 

The West can liaise with an authoritarian Russia, but not at the expense of the independence and territorial integrity of the countries of Europe. Tightening the screws on Putin is for now less risky to us than consenting to a watering down of these principles. Moscow has already shown how painful it is when she takes advantage of our weaknesses.

 

 

 

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