Источники российского поведения

НЬЮ-ЙОРК – Нет установленного промежутка времени, через который журналистика уступает дорогу истории, но обычно историки пишут с преимуществом перспективы, которая отражает прохождение лет, десятилетий или даже столетий. Необходимо время, чтобы информация вышла в свет, мемуары были написаны, а важные события сыграли свою роль. То, что кажется относительно тривиальным сегодня, может впоследствии оказаться совершенно не таким, и также то, что кажется угрожающе огромным, впоследствии может потерять свою значимость.

Однако, к лучшему или к худшему, Запад не может позволить себе роскошь ждать, чтобы понять смысл последних событий на Украине, просто потому, что не существует никаких гарантий того, что события в Крыме являются уникальными. Тысячи российских солдат остаются на восточной границе Украины; каждый день появляются новые сообщения о беспорядках внутри Украины, многие из которых якобы подстрекаются Россией.

Таким образом, мы должны действовать быстро, чтобы понять, что недавние события говорят о России, ее президенте Владимире Путине и международном порядке. И не менее важно быстро применить полученные уроки на практике.

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