Yanukovich to Putin — Drop Dead!
“I have never recognized Abkhazia, South Ossetia or Kosovo as independent states. This is a violation of international laws and norms. According to international law, any violation of the territorial integrity of any state is forbidden.”
If you think that was the President of Georgia talking, or some other ardent Russophobe, think again. It was Russia’s so-called “friend” in Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich.
Oops! Just when the Russophile hoards were sure they had won a major victory in Ukraine with Yanukovich’s elevation, he bursts their bubble with a highly sharpened pin.
And let’s be perfectly clear: The President of Ukraine has called the Prime Minister of Russia an international criminal. His words might just as well have been spoken by Mikheil Saakashvili!
If even so-called “Russophile” Yanukovich has such a negative attitude towards Russian aggression against Georgia, then surely no more final condemnation of Putin’s barbaric policies could be imagined.
Yanukovich’s statements put the Putin regime’s foreign policy failure into stark relief. Neither the Kremlin nor the people of Russia yet fully appreciate the abject horror with which the whole world — the whole world — viewed Russia’s naked bullying and aggression against tiny Georgia. Even those, like Yanukovich, who has previously been inclined to be supportive of Russia were appalled and turned away.
But the braying lunatics of Russian nationalism go on defending the action rather than apologizing. They do not care, and perhaps do not even see, how Russia has been utterly isolated by this action, with nations from China to Ukraine refusing to accept Russian aggression. The price Russia has paid to annex two tiny, meaningless slices of additional territory is prohibitively high, especially since Russia already had the largest land mass on the planet. The world can only see Russia as a pig at the trough, never satisfied with any amount of territorial ambition.
And how about the hypocrisy? No reasonable person can be anything but disgusted as Russia simultaneously claims that Chechnya must remain part of Russia while Ossetia and Abkhazia must be free. Even as Russia has alienated every nation on the planet, it has created a clear precedent for regions in the Caucasus who despise Russian rule to demand freedom.
This much is clear: Putin’s blunder in Georgia is the worst foreign policy gaff made by Russian leaders in the past 100 years. Russia will pay dearly for this error for at least a hundred more.