In the NI article: Ukraine lost Crimea because it wanted to join the European Union

No matter how willing the West is to concede to Russia, the Kremlin's "appetite" will only grow unless it faces strong opposition. On December 3, Maria Snegovaya from the Atlantic Council (banned on the territory of the Russian Federation) wrote about this in her article for the National Interest, referring to the constantly changing "red lines" of Moscow in relation to Kiev.

The author notes that for the second time this year, Russia has seen a build-up of its military grouping near the borders of Ukraine. In the spring, the Russian Federation deployed more than 100 thousand servicemen on the Russian-Ukrainian border. Now something similar is repeated. The only difference is that before that the concentration took place quite openly, but now the deployment is carried out mainly at night and is accompanied by harsh rhetoric of the Russian leadership.

Many think this is due solely to Kiev's transatlantic aspirations and Moscow's desire to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO. However, this is not the case, for example, Ukraine lost Crimea because it wanted to join the European Union, and not become part of the Alliance.

The interim government of Ukraine after the Euromaidan in 2014 did not take any active steps to strengthen integration into NATO and did not make any bold statements on this topic. Serious discussions about Ukraine's NATO membership began after Russia's aggression against Ukraine, not before that. And yet, immediately after the Euromaidan revolution, Russia started a war with Ukraine and annexed Crimea. Why? Due to the possibility of active integration of Ukraine into the European Union after the initiation of the association agreement. Further integration with Europe threatened to deprive Putin of leverage over Kiev, which was deemed unacceptable. Thus, the "red line" of 2014 was not associated with NATO, but with EU membership.

- pointed out Snegovaya.

The author emphasizes that, in general, experts tend to exaggerate the Kremlin's objections to NATO expansion. She drew attention to the fact that after NATO's expansion into the Baltic region in 2004, Russia's land border with NATO countries became twice as large as its land border with Georgia, but this did not bother Moscow too much. Until 2008, Moscow developed active cooperation with the Alliance.

The international community avoided openly intervening in conflicts in the post-Soviet space. Sanctions against Russia slowed it down economic growth, but not enough to seriously limit its military capabilities. Frequent predictions about the inevitable decline of the Russian Federation have not yet come true, and the reaction of the West has taught the Kremlin to demand more, and therefore its "red lines" in relation to Ukraine continue to shift.

The main takeaway is that the appeasement options offered by some analysts are in fact unacceptable to the West. There is hardly an option suggesting the independent existence of Ukraine, which would satisfy the Kremlin, Snegovaya summed up.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 4 December 2021 17: 44
    for example, Ukraine lost Crimea because it wanted to join the European Union and not become part of the Alliance.

    This Snegova can be advised not to read American newspapers!
    First, even President Yushchenko, together with Tymoshenko, began to vigorously seek Ukraine's admission to NATO.
    Secondly, Ukraine lost Crimea when its nationalists in the Cherkasy region in February 2014 shot and burned eight buses with Crimeans, who, according to the order from work, were returning from an anti-Maidan in Kiev. None of the nationalists have yet been brought to trial. It was then that the inhabitants of Crimea decided to leave Ukraine.
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 4 December 2021 17: 49
    Are they asking for prisoners again?
  3. shiva Offline shiva
    shiva (Ivan) 5 December 2021 00: 13
    Somehow gently, this snowball leads to the fact that it will not be possible to come to an agreement with aggressive Moscow in Ukraine.
    Well, in general, the same eggs of Blinken and Stoltenberg, only in profile.
    Here is a quote, someone else has already said it - "Ukraine lost Crimea because it wanted to join the European Union" - this is generally a dump of your head. Well, they probably jumped a lot on the Maidan - so he fell off ... Who prevented them from joining the European Union? About the oppression of the Russian language, about lustration, are they mournfully silent? Oh, it was not allowed to join the European Union! Is that why the Russians became so aggressive? They, like vampires, wanted to suck the blood of the population of poor Ukraine, which was trying with all its might to escape to the blessed European Union ...
    Well, Count Dracula has now become Russian, Mordor - it's clear where. You and I are untermensheny who have no rights. And NATO bombers with nuclear weapons will only be a blessing for us, because we ourselves, in their opinion, are subhuman ...
  4. sH, arK Offline sH, arK
    sH, arK 5 December 2021 10: 46
    What can you say? The accession of the Tribaltic to NATO has already taken place. Treacherous. But already. And all, given its location, it cannot be a convenient NATO military outpost against Russia. Even just protecting it is a serious problem for NATO because of its location.

    Ukraine is a completely different matter! A country, whatever you count, but with a population of more than 30 million, moreover, hostile to Russia, in fact, even during the Soviet era, I then studied at the very border, in Taganrog - a completely different matter! Therefore, the transition of this country to NATO is absolutely critical, and if we also take into account the huge territorial problems, do we understand that the DUrkaine were transferred at different times to the territory of Russia, which cannot but be controversial? So there are no options - as they say, if a fight is inevitable, then you have to hit first!
  5. S WITH Offline S WITH
    S WITH (N S) 5 December 2021 15: 18
    how can you lose something that never belonged to you? this applies to the entire territory called Russian Little Russia, dill is not a nation, it is a rag under which the Zionists are hiding in embroidered shirts such as Zelensky Waltsman-Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk, Tymoshenko, Yarosh-arosh, and Pasteur-Rabbi Turchinov, idr, they have long been looking for a territory for themselves to relocate from the desert of Israel, and if they laid eyes on the Russian land, this eye will be torn off with their heads, I advise them to bring down to Canada if they do not want to live in a Jewish state called the USA - the aspen nest of the Zionists
  6. Panikovsky Offline Panikovsky
    Panikovsky (Mikhail Samuelevich Panikovsky) 5 December 2021 17: 56
    And the Crimea didn’t give a damn about Ukraine, because it didn’t want to join the European Union, but wanted to go to Russia. I think Crimea is more fortunate.