Ukraine’s Future: To Whom Does It Belong?

Date: 05-25-2014 | Category: Europe, Geopolitics, Russia and Eurasia

In the recent makeshift referenda in Donetsk and Luhansk unrecognized by the West, a small minority of eligible voters voted in favor of secession from Ukraine. Now, some Western politicians and analysts are wondering: If those people came out to vote for “independence,” aren’t we obligated to consider their opinion when pondering the future of Ukraine?

The Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry are voicing similar thoughts, and carefully managing perceptions. In reality, the Kremlin does not care about the fate of the ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking voters in eastern Ukraine. It is concerned with whether Ukraine, which now has a major separatist enclave in the Crimea, can get into NATO and the EU.

http://blog.heritage.org/2014/05/25/vladimir-putins-new-fifth-international/ By Ariel Cohen The Heritage Foundation May 25, 2014

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