Ukraine Declares War on Russia
Ukraine has got the message.
Kommersant reports (English synopsis) that the Ukrainian government has embarked upon a massive and ambitious plan to develop and exploit domestic shale gas resources, thereby reducing its dependence on Russia by a factor of three. Not long after that, Ukraine was issuing bellicose threats to Russia and harshly snubbing the Putin regime.
The reason for this action is obvious: Ukrainians don’t trust Russians any more than Georgians do. Slowly but surely, the malignant Putin regime is managing to spoil every one of Russia’s geopolitical relationships in post-Soviet space.
Only a short while ago, we reported on the Ukrainian government’s effort to prosecute Yulia Tymoshenko on the accusation that she conspired with Russia to bilk the Ukrainian treasury out of billions in improper energy costs. Having realized how dangerous any type of alliance with Russia would be, Ukraine is moving aggressively to forge a partnership with Europe and to break its dependence on Russian gas and oil.
It is truly breathtaking how Russia has managed in such a short time to obliterate all its relationships with the nations who occupy post-Soviet space. The Baltics seethe with contempt and mistrust, as does Ukraine, as does Belarus, and Russia has actually engaged in a shooting war with Georgia.
And let’s not even discuss the open contempt with which Russia is viewed by Europeans and Americans, or the continuous humiliation Russia is experiencing as its attempts to cozy up to dictators end in spectacular failure.
In short, Russia’s foreign policy is as abject a failure as is its aerospace policy, which we deal with in our lead editorial in today’s issue. We fail to see how a rational, intelligent people could tolerate failure this profound and dangerous from their leaders.
But then, perhaps Russians do not fit that description.