The Crimean Crisis hasn’t ended yet. After Putin officially annexed Crimea to Russia, his troop still poised a threat to Ukraine.
The sanction by EU and US left little impact on Putin who refused to resolve the conflict centering on Ukraine, resorting in a war game with his force amassing at his toe.
“The aim of Putin is not Crimea but all of Ukraine,” said Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council chief Andriy Parubiy according to AFP. NATO’s top commander, General Philip Breedlove, also noted that the sizable Russian force looks “very ready”.
Putin, who is now muscling on his military supremacy in the region, looks ready to invade Ukraine in a full force.
The problem is that the EU and US are reluctant to make any military commitment and their sanctions are too meager a gesture to deter Putin’s nasty appetite.
Putin, unless checked, will continue to test the West and its willingness to step up even to the point of armed conflict.
Putin’s military presence at the border of Ukraine has already created a significant political shift in the region. Putin is not a sophisticated politician. He will act eventually if not sooner. What he is seeking is a tiniest pretext he can rub off the West. That’s all he needs. Think this is a gun-point politics.
Obviously Ukraine has no deterrent against the Russian forces, then the answer is the EU’s military intervention as well as US’s.
In order to balance off the Russian troops, the EU’s military deployment is urgent and necessary.
If Obama administration believes that diplomatic talks may produce constraint upon Putin, it’s simply too naïve to be responsible.
Judging from what has been developed so far, what Putin has in his mind is nothing but trouble, and it warrants a swift and decisive action to stall his maneuver before it gets out of control.
Now diplomacy works little, but action in which the will of persistence can be demonstrated. Otherwise, the West will lose the ground quickly and irrecoverably.
Do not get fooled by the Russian’s word play. When was the last time we ever witnessed credibility in Russian politics so much so that we hope now that Putin is in a mode of penitence?
It does not mean anything when Putin issued a conciliatory statement, quoting a talk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ; a series of Putin’s actions are not compatible with his military showdown.
Once you use a military force, you shall have to maximize it; otherwise you shouldn’t have started at all. It is not important to read what Putin thinks. It doesn’t matter what he wants. The Crimean annexation is illegal, thus void. And a military action ought to be countered with a force of the same nature, and then we can start to talk.
President Obama today brushed off Russia as simply a “regional power” according to ABC news. I like his rhetoric, but is he willing to make a military commitment if necessary?