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If I may translate that : "but one that is unwilling to invade and occupy neighbouring states".

And for that I am thankful.

It's easy to say that the EU is weak; but is that necessarily a bad thing? The EU offers a package of trade and economic assistance. It tries to broker a deal between factions, is still trying (I guess) to get the winning side to maintain constitutional legality. I don't see what it could have done fundamentally better.

I was surprised that the regime caved; I suspect it was the oligarchs who pulled the plug on Yakunovich (I'm guessing they obtained a guarantee of business as usual from the opposition)

The problem is that this is a stinging defeat for Putin. His ideology and methodology are clear, there has to be a military response, unless he can somehow save face in some sort of a deal with the EU.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 25th, 2014 at 08:45:18 AM EST
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The EU understands what the US refuses to: the difficulty of projecting force into Ukraine in the face of opposition from Moscow.
by rifek on Tue Feb 25th, 2014 at 06:33:04 PM EST
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We hope!

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 01:39:57 AM EST
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