Tag: Catalonia

Any Russian Region Could, With Outside Help, Become a Donbas

February 11, 2015

Staunton, February 6 – Like many countries, the Russian Federation suffers from many regional and ethnic tensions, any one of which could become a Donbas if an outside power provided it with assistance, a reality that both Moscow and many in the West appear to have forgotten, according to Ukrainian commentator Pavel Kazarin. In a […]

Window on Eurasia: Putin Said Organizing ‘Separatist International’ Against Europe

November 12, 2014

Staunton, November 12 – Vladimir Putin is organizing a “separatist international” against European countries, thus combining two of his more widely recognized policies: promoting separatism in the former Soviet republics around Russia’s periphery and reaching out to nationalist extremists in Europe. According to the Severodonetsk portal, Russia is now attacking Europe using the old principle […]

After Crimea, West Now Believes Russia is Capable of Anything, Gontmakher Says

August 28, 2014

Staunton, August 27 – After 20 years of assuming that Russia wanted to join the rest of the world and play by the rules (an assumption that was not without its own problems) many in the West now are governed by the opposite assumption: that Russia is capable of anything and therefore must be opposed, according […]

Donetsk Resembles Ulster Not Catalonia, Shiropayev Says

May 18, 2014

Staunton, May 17 – Many arguments about Ukraine have become a battle of analogies where advocates of various outcomes do so less by talking about what conditions are actually like in that country than by suggesting analogies with countries which also have significant regional tensions. One such case is an exchange between two commentators who […]