There is more than enough evidence to suggest that the Maidan “revolution” was in fact a western backed coup. Moreover, a “who’s who” of the new regime would further suggest that what we now have in Kiev is an extremely right-wing, if not downright fascist, government. Nevertheless, neither of those facts should delude us into thinking that President Putin is overly concerned about the fate of the large ethnic Russian population in the Ukraine.
No, even if there is a large ethnic Russian population there, we would have to come to the conclusion that in a world which has been thoroughly exposed to American “Realpolitik” Russia is demonstrating a “Realpolitik” of its own by creating facts on the ground and these facts will cement Moscow’s own strategic interests.
Away from the hyperbole, polemic and propaganda, however, it is not made difficult for the Kremlin as Washington blatantly attempts to curtail Russia’s sphere of influence in the Ukraine by what are quite simply illegal means and US energy companies continue in their attempt to undermine Gazprom’s regional monopoly.
Of course, this conflict is not about humanitarian issues and, with a democratically elected government being undemocratically deposed, it is most certainly not about democracy. It is a conflict that will lead to the break up of the Ukraine and to a cementing of Russia’s influence in the region while the hypocrisy of John Kerry’s “unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century” along with the USA’s own disregard for international law might just be coming back to haunt not only Washington, but also the West as a whole.