Last week, Eternal Remont was distracted by a highly contentious debate over the mini-sub gap and, of course, Bulgaria. However, amid the chaos, we failed to note an article in the CSMonitor on Medvedev’s efforts to avert a “second Cold War.”
While the article itself is little more than a highlight film of the last twelve months, we do note this quote by Tatiana Parkhalina, director of the official Center for European Security Studies in Moscow.
"Ukraine is felt by Russians as part of traditional Russian lands. To many Russians it's just unthinkable for it to become part of an outside military alliance."
What on earth is Parkhalina talking about? Everyone knows that “Ukraine is not even a state.” Putin stated this very clearly during his April meeting with President Bush. We had assumed this was the final word on the issue.
Sorry Ukraine. But someone really needs to set you right about the facts.