A dose of Putin goes a long way.
The USSR disintegrated and the various states scattered into sovereign nations. The free world welcomed each, one by one as they embraced democratic freedom and reform. Newly formed governments cooperated with the free world in dismantling weapon systems including nuclear facilities that could be dangerous if not properly managed. Economic assistance was provided and in some instances, nation states joined the NATO protection club. All was well.
The description above us a complete fabrication, exaggeration, and distortion of the actual circumstances.
Post-Soviet states in English alphabetical order:
More truthful is that some of these nation states have emerged as success stories, while many are more appropriately described as being dire in states.
Where are the Russians? Ethnic Russians live here: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Georgia.
According to Freedom House, political freedom has been developed in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. More problematic are Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Ukraine that are listed as "partly free." If the Ukraine is an example, it is in a civil war that is sponsored by Russia in the form of state-sponsored terrorism.
NATO Member Countries include:
- Czech Republic
The truth remains that Russia has considerable economic influence as well as influence from ethnic populations. The free world quest is to tame Russia and to lure it to align with Western values. At present, under Vladimir Putin, Russia and its allies have drifted far away from that ideal notion.
Europe has become nearly as dependent upon Russia for energy as have many former Soviet states. Economic independence will be a product of sustainable economic engineering under a renewable energy paradigm that so far eludes both Europe and the United States.
What makes it so difficult? It is vested interest and corrupt interest by capitalists who pursue return on oil as more important than what is best for humanity and world peace.
Fox News reports:
“Double blow for Putin as Ukraine rebels suffer setbacks, West prepares to levy more sanctions
Europe, which has a stronger trade relationship with Russia than the U.S., has lagged behind Washington with its earlier sanctions package, in part out of concern from leaders that the penalties could have a negative impact on their own economies. But a spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said following Monday's call that the West agreed that the EU should move a "strong package of sectoral sanctions as swiftly as possible."
French President Francois Hollande said in a statement that the Western leaders "regretted Russia has not effectively pressured separatists to bring them to negotiate nor taken expected concrete measures to assure control of the Russian-Ukrainian border."
Neither set of penalties is expected to fully cut off Russian economic sectors from the West, an options U.S. officials have said they're holding in reserve in case Russia launches a full-on military incursion in Ukraine or takes a similarly provocative step.”