Thursday, 22 April 2021

Russia avoiding Ukraine confrontation?

 It is underatandable to act cautiously in response to the withdrawal of some of Russia's military from eastern Ukraine. However, to the world at large, the West should welcome the defusing of tension on the borders of democratically-run Ukraine and in the Black Sea. We should also go easy on the treatment of the opposition in Russia. While we may deprecate the way Navalny in particular has been treated, imposing sanctions over what is an internal matter is dubious, especially as some of our "friendly" nations are at least as repressive as Russia. We should, though, call out Putin on his recent bellicose pronouncements which threaten the freedom of his neighbours.

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