Borderland Blues

Henry Kissinger notes that “if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s (EU or Russia) outpost against the other – it should function as a bridge between them.” He also highlights the inherent and historic links of Ukraine with Russia, that prevent Russia from considering Ukraine “just another foreign country,” which should be taken into account by western policy makers. Nonetheless, Russia must realize that forcing Ukraine into becoming a satellite state and continuing on this path of aggressive politics would result in heavy costs for Moscow and a repeat of history of reciprocal pressures from Europe and US. However, any hope of an absolute resolution of the Ukrainian crisis rests on compromise between the different factions within the country. The only way Ukraine can hope to achieve stability is if it is able to cultivate its political and territorial autonomy such that it can maintain beneficial relationships and cooperation with both the West and Russia, without being controlled by either. 

This story is from the print issue of Hardnews: JUNE 2014