A short history leading to events in Ukraine
The war between Russia and Georgia in 2008 was long term result of South Ossetia broken off from what became North Ossetia by Stalin (a Georgian) and given to Georgia as a sort of gift. When the USSR broke up, the South Ossetians wanted nothing to do with Georgia, they are historically a part of and strongly identify with Russia. The Ossetians rebelled from the beginning at being a part of post-Soviet Georgia. The Bush selected (& New York lawyer) Mikheil Saakashvili was installed by a CIA supported ‘color revolution’ in Georgia and that is when the real trouble began. It was (then) President Medvedev ordered the Russian military to ‘invasive’ counter-attack while (then) Prime Minister Putin was sitting with Bush at the Olympics in Beijing, after the USA trained Georgian military crossed the border (following skirmish with militia) en mass and unleashed rocket barrage on the South Ossetian city of Tskhinvali. Message to the West & NATO from Russia? Leave the border regions alone.
Similarly, Crimea had been integrated to Russia for 200 years, to 1954, when Khrushchev (married to a Ukrainian) presented Crimea to Ukraine as a birthday gift of sorts (the practical reason underlying this was to put the construction of a canal under a single administration, a logistics issue.) More recently, Putin had been telling the western leaders for at least six years to stay out of Ukraine but wasn’t listened to. Meanwhile Russia had been promised at the breakup of the USSR that NATO would not expand to the east, a promise repeatedly broken. The reaction of Russia (with the neo-nazi Svoboda party having five ministries in the new regime at Kiev) in Ukraine is the result. If Russia takes the east of Ukraine to the Dnieper River (with its majority ethnic Russian population), the West only has itself to blame. Putin, with the backing of a very large majority of Russians, is not going to put up with NATO on Russia’s doorstep. Relevant to this, following internationally monitored elections deemed free and fair, Ukraine had dropped its association with NATO in 2010 and Russia will not be allowing NATO to return to its’ border, end of story.
This is the second time around for the West pushing its way into Russia’s face in Ukraine. The Russians put up with it with the color revolution bringing Viktor Yushchenko to power, but the neo-nazi Svoboda regime installed this second time around, was too much (the new regime is also populated with a liberal handful of corrupt oligarch Yulia Tymoshenko cronies.)
For related information on this aspect of geo-politic of isolating and cornering Russia, one need only do a short online research of the topics ‘The Grand Chessboard‘ by Zbigniew Brzezinski:
“Regarding the landmass of Eurasia as the center of global power, Brzezinski sets out to formulate a Eurasian geostrategy for the United States. In particular, he writes, it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger should emerge capable of dominating Eurasia and thus also of challenging America’s global pre-eminence”
And the ‘New Great Game:
“The New Great Game is a conceptualization of modern geopolitics in Middle East as a competition between the United States, the United Kingdom and other NATO countries against Russia for “influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Transcaucasus””
For a good read on the related ‘color revolutions’ one need only study: ‘Terror and Civil Society‘ by rogue CIA officer Phillip Agee, exposing method-
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