Monday, March 17, 2014
Russia calls on Ukraine to become a federation of states (Like some other countries I know)
This is actually a moderate and compromising stand from Putin. He clearly wants to avoid any war. His ultimate aim is to reunite all the Russian speaking people of Eastern Europe under Russian rule and the Russian-speaking half of Ukraine is the big prize there. But having Russian Ukraine substantially independent of the rest of Ukraine and free to develop closer ties with neighboring Russia would be a good compromise
Russia's foreign ministry is calling on Ukraine to become a federal state and call fresh elections.
In a statement posted on Monday the ministry urged Ukraine's parliament to call a constitutional assembly which could draft a new constitution to make the country federal, handing more power to its regions.
The foreign ministry said the proposals are part of its efforts to ease the tensions in Ukraine by diplomatic means.
Moscow insisted that Ukrainian regions should get broader autonomy and that the country should adopt a "neutral political and military status."
NOTE: The attitude of Ukrainian-speakers towards Russia is similar to the attitude of Canadians to the USA, to the attitude of New Zealanders towards Australia to the attitude of the Scots towards England and the attitude of Koreans to Japan: They don't like their big neighbor. In the Ukrainian case that dislike is much multiplied by Russia's tendency towards tyranny. The ferocity of that dislike could be seen in the demonstrations that recently toppled their pro-Russian president. Yet all of the pairs mentioned have a lot in common -- a clear refutation of the Leftist "one world" dream. Differences matter, even small ones
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).