Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Western Rejection Rains on Russia’s Victory Day Parade | Johnson's Russia List

Western Rejection Rains on Russia’s Victory Day Parade | Johnson's Russia List



In this article, the contrast with the celebrations a decade ago is striking.  Putin driving President Bush in a Soviet Era vintage GAZ car, a pro-Western president in Ukraine, close co-operation with the EU.



"Putin signed a statement on the creation of a Russian-Ukrainian intergovernmental commission with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, who had been brought to power after a series of pro-Western public protests in Kiev just months before the celebrations."  

This begs the question: why didn't the pro-Western protests and the installation of a pro-Western President lead to civil war in Ukraine (and the creation of pro-Russian separatist movements) in 2004/2005 as it did in 2014?

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