Imperial idiocy. How Putin became Ukraine’s ally

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2017/02/17 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

With his desire to become the “collector of lands,” Putin has derailed the plans of a significant segment of his inner circle. His inner circle wanted to keep Ukraine on the hook, but Putin believed that Ukraine does not exist and that a word would suffice to make the “artificial state” disappear from the map.

The statement by the former deputy of Russia’s State Duma Denis Voronenkov that President Putin’s advisor Vladislav Surkov had opposed the annexation of the Crimean peninsula became a real sensation not only for Ukrainian but also for Russian observers. (In an interview with the  Hromadske Ukrainian TV channel, Voronenko said Surkov was “strongly opposed” to the annexation of Crimea — Ed.).

How was it possible that the “curator of Ukraine” in the Russian leadership did not support the detachment of a part of Ukrainian territory? Could Surkov be a secret friend of Ukraine?

I would like to reassure both the Ukrainian detractors and the Russian friends of Surkov. He is no friend of Ukraine. He is a real enemy. But a smart and perceptive one. It is in these qualities that he differs from his “master.”

It was Surkov who oversaw the operation to detach Crimea. He coordinated the political efforts, created a platform supporting the occupation on the peninsula itself, negotiated with or bullied the future “leaders” of Crimea. But Surkov did not do this for Crimea to become a part of the Russian Federation.

The peninsula was supposed to become a trap for Ukraine, a self-declared state supported by Russia. This would have been the main message to Ukraine and the West: after Maidan, Crimea has separated from Ukraine and would be followed by other regions who are in favor of friendship with Russia and for the “Russian world.”

The separation of Crimea was not supposed to be the final operation. In Kharkiv, Surkov’s colleague Borys Rappoport had been actively working on the “Novorossiya” project — another self-declared state. Its separation was supposed to follow the Crimean scenario — “the people of “Novorossiya” also want to be freed of the “Ukrainian oppression” as did the “people of Crimea.” And then, when the Ukrainian state was on its deathbed, he would arrive on the scene. Not Surkov, of course, but Putin. And then he would reestablish Ukraine as a federation.

Let us just imagine that Surkov’s plan had been implemented. Crimea is not a federal district but an “independent republic.” Russia recognizes it as a part of Ukraine but stresses that the territorial integrity of the neighboring country can be restored only if the “usurpers in Kyiv” “hear Crimea.”

Then similar processes begin in the east. Their participants do not support the separation from Ukraine and unification with Russia, but also want to be “heard.” The West puts pressure not only on Russia, demanding that it stop supporting rebels, but also on Ukraine, demanding that it establish an effective negotiating process with the residents of the rebel regions.

There is no violation of international law on the part of Russia. Sanctions against Russia are not implemented, and if implemented are very limited. Just let us remember the sanctions that were implemented against Russia after the annexation of Crimea, and let us imagine what would have happened had Russia not formally annexed it.

Putin with his desire to become the “collector of lands” has derailed the plans of a significant segment of his inner circle. His inner circle wanted to keep Ukraine on the hook, but Putin believed that Ukraine does not exist and that a word would suffice to make the “artificial state” disappear from the map.

He simply did not understand what Surkov was aspiring to do. Moreover, I would not even argue that it was Surkov exactly. I simply want to point out that the plan for an “independent Crimea” existed and was supported by the Russian leadership and that it was changed in 24 hours by Putin’s sole decision.

Thus, the entire situation underwent a 180-degree turn. The West was sent a very different signal. Putin could in no way consider himself a mediator, even when he tried to imitate that role in the Donbas. Furthermore, Russia had become a violator of international law, and this could not be denied even by its sympathizers in the West. The “Second Georgia” had failed.

An entirely different signal was sent to the Donbas. When the operation was unfolding in Eastern Ukraine, Moscow’s supporters expected that the region would join Russia, following the example of Crimea. They had no idea that the annexation of Crimea was not the norm but the exception.

This is exactly why the uncertain status of the Donbas has trapped not only Ukraine but Russia as well. Russia cannot afford to occupy the Donbas for long because the discrepancy between expectations and realities is creating tensions on its own borders.

But,  most importantly, an entirely different signal was sent to Ukraine. The Ukrainians followed what was happening in Crimea with a certain lack of understanding at first. Many remembered that the inhabitants of the peninsula always differed in their pro-Russian views and they were ready to believe that the “Crimean Spring” was a natural reaction to Maidan.

This belief, especially when encouraged by propaganda, could have created a decent ground for a “national accommodation” with Moscow’s mediation. But when Putin decided to annex Crimea, the doubts disappeared: it was an occupation. Moreover, the doubts disappeared not only in Kyiv or Lviv, but also in Dnipro and Odesa. Thus began the Patriotic War of the Ukrainian people against the enemy.

However, it must also be noted that the Russian government’s rhetoric and propaganda have not changed. Russia is not party to the conflict. Federalization and changes to the Constitution — all this had been prepared still before Putin’s decision. And when the Russian leaders continued to repeat these ideas after the annexation of Crimea, they themselves failed to notice that they looked funny.

This is because one cannot concurrently demand that changes be made to the constitution of a country in order to ensure the rights of the “Russian speaking population” and then demand that one of the regions inhabited by this population must be united to another country. And not simply to another country, but to the country that is making all these demands.

One can love or hate Vladislav Surkov, but  one must admit that he, along with many other representatives of the Russian leadership, is acting in the imperial interests of his country. Ukraine’s success lies in the fact that Putin is acting contrary to those interests.

If I did not know Putin’s biography, I would conclude that the Russian president has really been recruited by foreign intelligence services. Because each  one of his actions since the time he left the custody of the “curators” from Yeltsin’s entourage has been to drive Russia into a trap from which it cannot escape. Sometimes I even have the impression that the historians of the future will begin to consider Putin as the president of Ukraine or China but not of Russia.

Why does he behave this way? Obviously, it is not because he has been recruited. He has so much money that he himself could recruit half of the West — even if not the best half.

The fact is that Russia’s president has long lived in a twilight world that I would characterize as “the world of prince Volodymyr” — the Kyivan prince, of course.

Life in this world, which Putin can no longer consciously escape, is pushing the Russian president to rash actions that lead to disastrous consequences for his country.

Vladislav Surkov has remained our treacherous enemy even if he opposed the annexation of Crimea. Volodymyr Putin, who has brought such grief to our country and who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians, remains our objective ally.

Only he himself can destroy the aggressor state.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • zorbatheturk

    Astute analysis. The wisest course is to never trust a RuSSian. Putin thought Ukraine would be an easy target – which just shows how innately dumb many ruSSians are. Other countries have no desire to be ruled by Moscow anymore. Fuggedaboudit, Putin. Eff offsky.

    • RedSquareMaidan

      I’m sure he hated paying that “lease” of Sevastopol. NATO should have been ready for it.

      • zorbatheturk

        The high value of the lease was probably going to be kicked back to the siloviki, similar to most public sector deals in ruSSia and most third world countries.

    • Andrew Chimplewsky

      Hey, UkrNaZZi: UKRAINE never looked more proud:
      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIH6a-eW8AA7uDw.jpg

      • Alex George

        Yes.. about as Stalin when he did his deal with Hitler, to build up Hitler’s armies, and to divide Europe between them.

        • Andrew Chimplewsky

          Staling Gave Ukrapine Galicia – this is where the most of you UkrNaZZi are.

          • Alex George

            Good, then that won’t help you . Because it is the people of eastern Ukraine, often Russian-speaking, who are most strongly opposed to Putin’s attempt to take over. They are determined to resist, and that means the soft Russian Army will never succeed.

            Anyway, you are just trying to deflect from my point, which was that Stalin looked proud when he did his deal with Hitler. He built up Hitler’s armies, and agreed to divide Europe between them.

            Did you know that Stalin is widely admired in Russia today?

      • zorbatheturk

        Times have changed, and so have the Nazis. Now they sit in the kremlin and don’t wear swastikas.

        • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

          Nope. They are all in LVIV and in RADA, KYEV!! But not much longer.

          • zorbatheturk

            Mixing LSD and vodka is only for experts.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            True, but Savushkina trolls can’t afford real vodka and LSD. All they can afford is Krokodil, and the dwarf pays them with 2 litres of the cheapest rotgut samogon he can find per troll shift. Oh, and they can drink unlimited quantities of the rotgut samogon during their troll shifts, as it’s dispensed free at Savushkina from dispensers all over the building, in the way coffee machines can be found all over western offices. A small perk, but one which will disappear on July 1st as the dwarf will be cutting costs because of the Reserve Fund being pretty much empty by then, leaving only the Welfare Fund to be plundered. The pay of 2 litres of samogon per shift will be cut to 1 litre on July 1st as well.

  • Alex George

    The plan as described does sound a lot smarter than what the Kremlin actually did:

    The Minsk Accords might have given pro-Kremlin politicians in the Donbass a way into the Ukrainian Parliament, from where they could have quietly wrecked all attempts at reform by the government. Putin hates reform – it is the last thing he wants to see in Ukraine.

    But the Kremlin destroyed that opportunity, by ordering its forces to continually fire on Ukrainian forces, every day. Of course they denied it, but the casualty rate, with Ukrainian soldiers dying in combat at the rate of more than one per day during a “cease fire” could not be denied.

    And so the Kremlin gave the Ukrainian government the perfect excuse to avoid implementing the elections required by Minsk. The Kremlin thus killed off its own trojan horse.

    • zorbatheturk

      Minsk stinks.

      • laker48

        It’s also illegal, but it has saved Ukraine from ramming by RuSSia a land corridor to Crimea. Ukraine owes this to Chancellor Merkel.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          I totally disagree. The modern-day Chamberlain and Daladier, appeasers Merkel and Hollande, stabbed Kyiv in the back from the start of the dwarf’s aggression, his invasion of the Crimea.
          Merkel and her then sidekick Sarko previously stabbed Georgia in the back in 2008 by preventing sanctions being imposed on Dwarfstan as demanded by Poland, the Baltics, Sweden and the UK, insisting on talking to the dwarf- and achieving nothing. Dwarstan still occupies part of Georgia and stealthily increases the area that is occupied.
          Similarly Merkel and Hollande were against REAL sanctions being imposed after the Crimean landgrab, insisting on talks only, and only reluctantly agreeing to sanctions after MH17. Even then she was against REAL sanctions, e.g. kicking Dwarfstan out of Swift, a total boycott of Dwarfstan’s oil and vetoing Nordstream II. She has also opposed sending lethal weapons to Kyiv. She doesn’t care whether 100 Ukrainians are killed by the dwarf’s weapons, but Heaven forbid that even ONE Dwarfstanian be killed by a German bullet!
          Merkel has been batting for the dwarf’s team from day 1. Not surprising really for someone who was brought up in the DDR and was an auxiliary agent, IM Erika, for the Stasi.

          • Andrew Chmil

            Dagwood Bumstead

            You are entirely correct in what you have written!

            But you see, “laker48” is a lying polak & very hostile to the idea of Ukrainian freedom & sovereignty.

            He is a (redundant) lying polak & imagines that Ukraine and her vast natural resources, heavy industries & nuclear weapon expertise (designers of “the Satan Bomb” along with an aviation, space, IT industry, & a highly educated population, SHOULD BE RULED by ignorant polaks. Who had to IMPORT a lot of engineers from Spain to build roads & bridges for them, as polaks are far to stupid, ignorant & uneducated to do that. (Why from Spain? — Much too em-bare-ass-ing to ask for help & to pay Ukrainians. or Germans for this! :)

            *LYING* evil, hiding, COWARDLY, chauvinistic, UNEDUCATED “laker48” polak also is under the delusion that Ukrainian HISTORY & national narrative must be DETERMINED & WRITTEN & AUTHORIZED by polaks.

            Cc: for the aforementioned *LYING* scumbag, so that hateful Uke-hating polak scum, not “think” I have ANY of it’s SNEAKY, FOUL, LYING, IGNORANT, polak characteristics.

          • Alex George

            So, Laker should not expect a Christmas card from you this year?

          • laker48

            LOL! I’ve blocked this idiot.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            EATH SHIT YOU –LYING RAPIST -& CHILD ABUSER — LAKER48 TIME HAS RUN OUT – JUT AS YOURS IS POS – GALICIAN SWINE !! http://img.memecdn.com/jewish-trap_o_95490.jpg

          • Alex George

            That is simply not true, as regards sanctions

            The main reason EU sanctions are on Russia today is because of Merkel. There was a lot of opposition to them within Germany (think Steinmeier, who is mild compared to many of his fellows) and Merkel put a lot of her political captial into swinging Germany behind sanctions . Without Germany;s support, there never would have been meaningful EU sanctions.

          • Geralt von RIva

            do you remember obamas red line for syria? first the brits ran away, then the usa, and france was suddenly alone. no wonder that france support to its allies is very low.

          • laker48

            Obama was an unmitigated disaster to the US foreign policy.

          • Geralt von RIva

            sure. and in case of ukraine there was a treaty, budapest memorandum. signed by usa and gb. but none of them felt that they were responsible. so they sent their european allies. so all start now to complain about france and germany without thinking that usa and gb signed a treaty.

          • laker48

            Trump seems to be taking the 1994 Budapest Memorandum to heart, but the main obstacle on the road leading to arming Ukraine with advanced US and UK weapons is still out of control corruption there. Even very Ukraine-friendly and anti-RuSSian Canada under former PM Harper cancelled the decision to ship its withdrawn from service anfi-tank TOWs to Ukraine for the fear of their falling into the RuSSian hands.

            Ukraine has basically wasted three years of a massive western support by having done next to nothing to fight its deeply entrenched, Byzantine corruption inherited after decades of Soviet occupation. President Poroshenko hasn’t delivered on his election promises, so his international credibility has dramatically declined, at least in Canada, the US, the UK and Germany. Also Poland, so far the strongest advocate of Ukraine, is slowly cooling off and retains some distance to all the Ukrainian government says and does.

          • Geralt von RIva

            “new brooms sweeps well”, so why not try something new if the head changes. but wether this will have some effect we will see later.

            i dont know the ukrainian system good enough, so i dont know how many power their president really has. but what i saw until now in our tv from him he says everyone just what the audition wants to hear. so its better to give the judgement to the ukrainians, they know their folks best.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            We’ll catch you, jewTROLL!!

            http://img.memecdn.com/jewish-trap_o_95490.jpg

          • Marcopoloshirt

            flag and report then repeat

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            Still and Idiot.

          • laker48

            What for? He’s the best face of utmost RuSSian stupidity.

          • MichaelA

            I agree
            he is just trying to spam the site

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            France and China didn’t sign the Budapest Memorandum, but they did sign similar memoranda, so that makes Paris and Peking just as guilty as London and Washington.

          • туфтуф

            The Brits ran away coz we voted not to be part of the war effort. USA was afraid of the Russian.and Chinese fleet which seemed to be ready to seriously defend Syria from an unsanctioned aggression (Syria was a recognised UN member state at the time). US is not willing for a direct confrontation with Russia or China cus US officials believe those 2 countries are formidable enemies which could get the zWest go medieval in 1 day. Its not Obamas fault.

          • Geralt von RIva

            i know. was the same with the nato double treaty. carter at this time.
            so one will be in any case alone. perhaps some weapon deliveries for proxies and this it was.

          • туфтуф

            Having no real reliable allies will not prevent ukraine from winning the war against Russia. One can recall Nam and Somalia, where a much weaker freedom fighting force sent the mighty US army packing. But then again, Yanks have never been good soldiers, but are excellent traders.

        • Andrew Chmil

          COPY 4 you — d y k e !
          —————————–
          Dagwood Bumstead

          You are entirely correct in what you have written!

          But you see, “laker48” is a lying polak & very hostile to the idea of Ukrainian freedom & sovereignty.

          He
          is a (redundant) lying polak & imagines that Ukraine and her vast
          natural resources, heavy industries & nuclear weapon expertise
          (designers of “the Satan Bomb” along with an aviation, space, IT
          industry, & a highly educated population, SHOULD BE RULED by
          ignorant polaks. Who had to IMPORT a lot of engineers from Spain to
          build roads & bridges for them, as polaks are far to stupid,
          ignorant & uneducated to do that. (Why from Spain? — Much too
          em-bare-ass-ing to ask for help & to pay Ukrainians. or Germans for
          this! :)

          *LYING* evil, hiding, COWARDLY, chauvinistic,
          UNEDUCATED “laker48” polak also is under the delusion that Ukrainian
          HISTORY & national narrative must be DETERMINED & WRITTEN &
          AUTHORIZED by polaks.

          Cc: for the aforementioned *LYING* scumbag,
          so that hateful Uke-hating polak scum, not “think” I have ANY of it’s
          SNEAKY, FOUL, LYING, IGNORANT, polak characteristics.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            Laker48 is LYING POS only rivaled by SCUM like you LYING GALICIAN RAPIST, SADIST, and HARASSER OF WOMEN!

          • Andrew Chmil

            Actually, it’s SCUMBAG ***SERBIAN*** YOU that lies …. and CONSTANTLY even!
            Amazing!!!

            Your ENTIRE “career” consists in LYING & attacking Ukraine.
            As an UNPAID volunteer! 😉

            YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO BESIDES THAT & EATING YOUR “MEDICATIONS” :)))

            That & *PRETENDING* you are a LYING Ruski Troll….
            well, that’s at least a job… I suppose… for the LYING Ruski Trolls …
            but not YOU — ***SERBIAN*** MENTAL CASE !!! :)))

            All you have succeeded in doing is making people despise Ruski AND ***SERBIANS*** :)

            What a SCUMBAG mental case bunch you are!!! — COWARDLY & EVIL!

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            On YOUR KNEES ……..**CRAZY UKRAINIAN**…………. **RAPIST**………..!!!

          • Andrew Chmil

            Time for your MEDICATIONS ….. ***SERBIAN*** mental case & liar with no job & NOTHING TO DO 😉

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            ON YOUR KNEES ……..**CRAZY UKRAINIAN**…………. **RAPIST**………..!!!

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            **ANDREW THE STALKER** ……..**CRAZY UKRAINIAN RAPIST**……..
            *HATED EVEN BY HIS SON ZENON* … *UKRAINIAN SCUM*!!!

          • Andrew Chmil

            Funny! :)

            *YOU* — a nasty, UNEDUCATED, mental case ***SERBIAN*** on psychotropic drugs, calling me a liar!

            You MENTAL CASE —- UNPAID —- slave & VOLUNTEER @ss for Russo-mongolians! :)))
            You have NEVER BEEN with a woman in your crazy life! 😉

          • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

            PSYHO **ANDREW CHMILEWSKY** …. UKRAINIAN EVIL SCUMBAG …. COURT DOCUMENTED RAPIST … HATED BY HIS OWN SON AND EVERYONE ELSE … **ANDREW CHMILEWSKY** …. ** GALICIAN SWINE** !!

        • Andrew Chimplewsky

          Hiltler, Germany, Stalin Russia, Ukraine … all took turns on POLAKIA!
          https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIH6a-eW8AA7uDw.jpg

          • laker48

            Well, Poland is free again and, despite the crisis in most of the EU member states, it’s still the fastest growing economy in the EU, and the most rapidly arming itself European NATO member state. It may have, by 2020, more modern fighter jets F-16 and F-35 as well as modernised to NATO standards Su-24s and Mig-29s, combined with two or three wings of the US Air Force that will station in Poland to protect the Redzikowo US anti ballistic system, than RuSSia that still bases its air forces on old, Soviet era fighter jets and bombers. Poland will also have close to 100,000 strong territorial defence forces by 2022 that are trained to the standards of elite, special forces.

            Poland is also rapidly taking away from Dwarfstan its crude market share in Europe by expanding its Gdansk Naftoport’s crude receiving capacity from the present 34 to 100 million tons (750 million barrels) per year by the end of this year, with Polish refiners Lotos and Orlen owning refineries in Lithuania, Poland, former East Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany, and processing over 55 million tons of crude per year between two of them, and switching to cheap Iranian and Saudi crude. Renegotiated on extremely favourable for Poland conditions last year Lotus and Orlen’s contracts with RuSSian crude suppliers expire in 2019 and may not be renewed as it won’t be renewed the contract with Gazprom that expires in 2022. Poland will likely block or, in the best for RuSSia scenario, delay by two or three years, by throwing legal obstacles, the intended construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Poland has already blocked the increased access to the Opal gas pipeline by Gazprom, so the existing Nord Stream can work at no more than 55% capacity. The time RuSSia could bully Poland economically is gone for ever.

            RuSSia has made Poland its most fierce enemy by refusing to return the wreckage of the Polish government jet, the Polish property, that crashed in Smolensk on the 10th of April 2010. There’s no love lost between Poland and RuSSia, and Poland is rapidly building a “Chinese Wall” between Germany and RuSSia by consdtructing, with partial EU financing, the Via Carpatia logistic, oil and gas corridor between the Baltic and Aegean Seas, bypassing the Black Sea and the Turkish Straits. There’s nothing either Germany or RuSSia can do about it. Poland and the Visegrad Group also lead the group of 12 EU and NATO member states that created the Three Seas Initiative in order to achieve 100% independence from RuSSian oil and gas supplies, and separate Italy, France and Germany in the west from RuSSia in the east. China and Turkey are elephants in the room. This is a long-term strategic plan that is being implemented at a rapid pace.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            IDIOT… write some more. I do not read your crap. If I can see you I will spit in your face. As I do not this is second best, DISGUSTING LYING POLAK P.O.S.!!

          • laker48

            You’re beyond pathetic, very much like your Fuhrer, now Shorty the Shitless, and his talking horse LIEvrov.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            Read my last response and fuk-of, old Polak scumbag!

          • laker48

            Dear katsap sovok mongrel! Dogs’ voices don’t go to the High Heavens, so you’re wasting your time barking, growling and howling in the absence of any ability to bite. Your native craphole is racing to the bottom of a cesspool filled to the brim with crap of your own making. The fascist RuSSian Federation is heading back into its historical borders. http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1597/5078/original.jpg

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            FUCK OFF, MONGREL!
            Read my last response and kindly fuk-of, old Polak scumbag!

          • laker48
          • Dagwood Bumstead

            Putin Khuilo indeed!

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            FUCK OFF, MONGREL! Read my last response and kindly fuk-of, old Polak scumbag!

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            True. The Saudis offered Poland an oil deal they could hardly refuse: to undercut ANY price Dwarfstan offers. And Iran wants to regain its world market share which it lost due to the sanctions, the share being largely taken over by Dwarfstan. One wonders whether the Ayatollahs are the great allies for Dwarfstan that the dwarf apparently believes they are. The Great Chekist Tsar Vladimir the not-so-Great, “Impaler” of Little Boys, miscalculated yet again.

            Another ominous sign for Dwarfstan is that Poland has opened its LNG terminal near Stettin, after Lithuania opened its own terminal in December 2014. The Polish terminal currently can handle 5 billion cu. metres per annum, but its capacity is being expanded to 7.5 billion cu. metres. And guess what- the gas the terminal handles won’t come from Dwarfstan.

            End result: a smaller volume of sales and fewer $$$ for Dwarfstan’s Treasury, War Chest and the offshore bank accounts of the dwarf and his crooked chums Medvedev, Rogozin, Shoigu, Lozhvrov, Siluanov and Co.

          • laker48

            There’s more to come. Saudi Aramco is building 15 oil and petroleum product storage mega tanks in the Gdansk Naftoport, and there are rumors circulating there that they’ve offered an interest-free financing for the completion of a 550 km stretch of 30 million ton (225 million barrel) per year oil pipeline Plock-Brody that would allow shipping crude from Gdansk to Ukraine.

            The Swinoujscie LNG terminal will be expanded to 10 bcm per year by 2020 and an up to 10 bcm per year gas pipeline from Denmark to Poland will be up and running by 2021. Poland has also the largest shale gas deposits in Europe and is already working on a proprietary technology to utilise them. The Vistula Spit will be dredged through by 2022 in order to open a seaport in Elblag and, perhaps, place there a floating LNG terminal similar to the one in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Croatia is building an LNG terminal on the Adriatic Sea, and Polish terminals will be connected with it, thus creating a Baltic-Adriatic gas corridor. Poland keeps whacking Dwarfstan economically with both hands.

  • laker48

    Actually, Putin has kicked himself and RuSSia to the curb in many ways. Crimea’s strategic value and importance of the RuSSian Navy base in Sevastopol are highly overrated, as the Novorossiysk base is much more valuable from the strategic and logistic points of view. Putin still stood some chances to round Ukraine up from the southeast in the summer of 2014, but the downing of flight MH17 by the RuSSian-sent BUK missile stopped the RuSSian army’s momentum and brought about additional western sanctions. The continuous presence of western crash investigators in Donbas allowed the relocation of some Ukrainian army units to the south, what eventually resulted in the abortion of the RuSSian troops’ attempt to ram a land corridor to Crimea in September of 2014.

    That series of adverse events has eventually bogged RuSSia down into a quagmire of unwanted war it cannot win by any means. Putin, notorious for his stubbornness and penchant for excessive, uncalculated risk-taking, will bring RuSSia to an economic and, eventually, military collapse, but this will likely take a few more years Ukraine should wisely use to build up its armed forces and fight corruption.

    The new US administration has a fair to good chances to facilitate and accelerate this collapse by keeping the RuSSian sanctions on, slapping new ones, demanding that RuSSia return Crimea back to Ukraine, leave Dobas and hand over full control over the Ukrainian-RuSSia border. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is an experienced oil and gas executive who knows that very rich oil and gas deposits under the Crimean seaboard cannot be left for RuSSia to tap on, so the US Canadian, British and Norwegian embargoes on oil ad gas drilling and extraction technology transfers will stay on and even expanded. President Donald Trump is not a friend of RuSSia, let alone Fuhrer Shorty the Shirtless.

    • Andrew Chmil

      *LYING* & IGNORANT polak scum, “laker48” (possible lesbian) does not know about the PROVEN ONE TRILLION $$$ gas & oil of the Ukrainian (AND CRIMEAN) coast.

      Ruski do know….. Mobil Oil Co. does…. polaks don’t.
      IGNORANT!!!

      • Andrew Chimplewsky

        STEP ON THE jewPOLAK – THEN come suck my COCCK, YOU RAPIST!!

        • laker48

          Trump has already kicked Fuhrer Shorty the Shirtless to the curb and it’s now time to bring Saakashvili, one of Trump’s personal friends and a poltician whom he trusts, to a position of power in Ukraine in order to accelerate the fight against corruption there, and speed up the process of its further integration with NATO. Poroshenko may have to go, but if this happens, it’ll be an ominous signal sent by Trump to the Kremlin.

          • Andrew Chimplewsky

            Amercia is awaking to reality of Christian-Hating Jewish Talmudic EVIL – :
            http://www.nazi-lauck-nsdapao.com/NICEGUY.jpg

          • Alex George

            Ah yes, the nazi is posting again. You really love your swastikas, don’t you?

            Did you know that Stalin was Orthodox, not Catholic as you foolishly assert, and that he is widely admired in Russia today?

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            Poroshenko will go anyway- he won’t stand a chance in the next presidential election, UNLESS he starts to seriously tackle corruption NOW. But he won’t.
            Yulia for pres and Saakashvili for PM would be a good combination. Yulia is no friend of the oligarchs; they hate and fear her, and have every reason to. If they didn’t actually encourace Proffessor Viktor to start his Neo-Stalinist show trial against her, they most probably did approve of it as it eiminated her as a threat- or so they thought.

          • laker48

            Poroshenko has wasted over three years and nobody in the West treats him seriously anymore. He was almost totally marginalised in Munich last weekend.

            Iwona Trusewicz of the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita published today a column quoting data provided by the Swedish SIPRI that Ukraine sold to RuSSia arms worth $169 million in 2016, the leader being Motor Sich selling aircraft engines. http://www.rp.pl/Przemysl-Obronny/302209891-Najwiecej-broni-Ukraina-sprzedaje-Rosji.html#ap-1
            If this is true, Ukraine’s credibility in the West is already at the bottom of a gutter.

  • Kruton

    Russians are crazy.

    • Andrew Chmil

      so are polaks!
      stupid too!

      • Andrew Chimplewsky

        GALICIANS ARE SWINES – HITLER LOVERS!!

        • Alex George

          Now, now, no need to get angry, just because your Fuehrer Putin is losing the foolish war that he started with Ukraine.

          Its his own fault – like most Russians he admires Stalin and tries to emulate him. But other people do not see why they should give in to Putin and his imperialism.

    • Andrew Chimplewsky

      CRETIN… you misspelled your name. Fix it then come tongue my dog.

  • Tony

    Russians love to idolize Putin but they forget that under his long leadership the Baltics surpassed Russia in terms of GDP per capita and nearly every country bordering Russia has become less corrupt and more democratic than russia. Actually all Putin did was consolidate power at the expense of russias common man.