Путинская проверка Европы в реальных условиях

БЕРЛИН – Слишком долго Запад питал иллюзии по поводу путинской России – иллюзии, которые сейчас были разбиты на Крымском полуострове. Запад мог (и должен был) понимать лучше: с самого первого срока на посту президента России стратегической целью Путина было восстановить для России статус мировой державы.

Ради этой цели Путин использовал энергетический экспорт России для постепенного восстановления территорий, утерянных при распаде Советского Союза поколение назад. Украина находилась в центре этой стратегии, поскольку без нее цель возрождения России недостижима. Поэтому Крым был просто первой целью; следующей станет Восточная Украина и настойчивая дестабилизация страны в целом.

На наших глазах сегодня постсоветская международная система в Восточной Европе, на Кавказе и в Центральной Азии свергнута. Понятие международного порядка образца девятнадцатого века, основанного на соображениях баланса с нулевой суммой сил и сферах интересов, угрожает вытеснить современные нормы национального самоопределения, нерушимости границ, нерушимости закона и основных принципов демократии.

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