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Material posted: Publication date: 21-07-2014

What is happening in Ukraine events of the last two months has attracted the attention of leading politicians and world media. Especially high activity of showing the European public and the leaders of the countries-EU members. Most European politicians are calling for unity and solidarity in the Ukrainian crisis. An integral part of this unity are seen by many economic sanctions against Russia. Speaking about the need for more drastic measures, many in the European Union forget that they support the policy of the order in Eastern Ukraine and deter Russia, first of all, has the interests of the Union.

The EU, whose leaders initially supported the Ukrainian opposition headed by Yatsenyuk, Klitschko and Tyagnibok, and then the newly elected President Poroshenko, unwillingly becomes a victim of his Eastern policy. Aiding the new Ukrainian leaders and promises to sign the Association agreement was encouraged by the Ukrainian liberals and right-wing for bolder steps in relation to Europeanization beyond the Russian-speaking population of the Eastern regions. Unfolding now has been weak and the fire of civil war in Ukraine is the result of those strategic mistakes that the EU made during the coup of February 2014.

In Ukraine, the EU received yet another zone of instability in their backyard. Plan Javier Solana on the establishment of a ring of prosperous States on the perimeter of the European borders bursting at the seams. After Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Ukraine became a new geopolitical challenge for Brussels. At the same time the Ukrainian example shows that economic and policy instruments of the EU for the development of neighbouring countries can not provide the main thing - stability. A new security system in Europe and Eurasia, which for many years told Russian presidents, may be ignored by the Euro-Atlantic region, but without her to resolve conflicts and crises in the Maghreb, Syria, and Ukraine, it is impossible.

Although in the West all recognize the need for a speedy resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, the actual European position is inconsistent with these objectives. Europe without the involvement of Washington is accusing Russia and is considering whether to impose new sanctions. Pressure and threats in the direction of Moscow only postpone a peaceful solution to the Ukrainian crisis. In turn, restricting trade and financial transactions, as part of an expanded sanctions threaten financial stability a number of European countries. Are the taxpayers of the Old world, barely recovered from the effects of the global economic crisis in 2008, to sacrifice their well-being in the name of Ukraine? Hardly.

Given the economic and strategic costs of decisive action in the Ukrainian problem, which is not in favor of Europe and its citizens, free and democratic choice of the EU in doubt. You talk a lot about conspiracy theories, but in the position of Brussels still traced American setting. Surprising for example, how sharply the mood izmenilsja Angela Merkel after telephone conversations and meetings with Barack Obama [1]. Americans, like in Syria, call for tougher stance against Russia. If member countries agree on sanctions, it will be proof that the decisions of the European bureaucrats and heads of state far from the people and serve the interests of others. It is noteworthy that an opinion poll in Germany shows that a majority of Germans oppose sanctions [3].

Perhaps the only benefit of this policy may be the artificial creation of a spirit of unity and solidarity through the demonization of Russia. Such attempts are especially noticeable on the background of the collapse of the liner over the airspace of Ukraine. According to the Wall Street Journal, a large number of victims from the Netherlands ... would change the dynamics inside the block of 28 countries-members [2]. I.e. if previously talked about the casualties of Kiev, there is already a case of victims purely European, which should make Europeans speak with one voice.

Despite the attractiveness of the notion of a cohesive Europe, such unity does not meet any of its strategic or economic interests. The European Union should rethink the geopolitical realities and the consequences of its Eastern policy. It is time to recognize that the policy of expanding to the East, part of which are the Association agreements, are not in it, and in the strategic interests of the United States. Washington via Brussels tries to protect Russia from post-Soviet space and to constrain its geo-cultural influence. A hostage of this policy is still Europe, supporting not only economic loss, but risking her safety.



[1] Obama and Merkel threatened Russia with new sanctions.

[2] the Association Ukraine-EU is exacerbating relations between Russia and NATO and splits Europe.

[3] EU Weighs Dramatically Raising Sanctions Against Russia.


Kamran Hasanov

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