In a recent press conference, Vladimir Putin, shown above, dismissed Western concerns as so much chirping of squirrels. He said there was no immediate need to invade the eastern Ukraine.
PARIS – The European Union prepared a $15 billion aid package to Ukraine on Wednesday and froze the assets of 18 people blamed for looting the treasury of the nearly bankrupt country. The moves came as top diplomats from the West and Russia gathered in Paris to defuse tensions that have approached Cold War levels.
$15 billion eh? Are you sure that is enough to get Ukraine out of bankruptcy?
In case you have not seen it, David Goldman’s article on the Ukraine, “Hopeless but not Serious”, should provide a useful antidote to the huffing and puffing we are reading in the press.