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Ian Hague
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This is very weak argumentation.  The reason relations with Russia are in the dumps has little to do with post-Cold War grandiose thinking on the part of Europe and the US.  Russia is weak, but the fault for that lies entirely with the Putin regime for sitting on its hands instead of building a functioning market economy at the time when this was possible thank to high oil prices.  Instead, like virtually every dictator in control of resource wealth, the regime chose to try to parlay that wealth into a dominant political position over the successor states of the Soviet Union.  Not surprisingly, people in those states overwhelmingly oppose this.  They are entitled to organize their affairs as they see fit.  As it happens, that means moving as fast as they can to join European economic and security structures like the European Union and NATO. 

Its very appropriate for Dr. Kinzer to mention Metternich and the Congress of Vienna. It was at that meeting that the 19th Century Empires established the rules of engagement for international security in the 19th Century,  very much over the heads of Poles, Czechs, Serbians and a hundred other peoples whose right to self-determination would remain unrealized for another 70 years.  Its only right and proper for the United States and Europe to support those aspirations even in the face of Russia asserting its ever weakening power.

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Great story on the troubled history of Ukraine's relationship with Russia. Tells you why Ukraine wants out of its neighborhood...

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117692/fascism-returns-ukraine

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Putin says the Internet started out as a CIA plot.  Says Yandex,the biggest Russian-language search engine, is subject to foreign influence.

With Durov being expropriated of Vkontakte, Russia's biggest social network, I think we can now say that free digital media in Russia are dead.  

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/22/world/europe/new-prowess-for-russians.html?hpw&rref=world

Thanks a lot Rheinmetall.  You trained the Spetsnaz well at your for profit training facility in Russia.  Great to see Germany on-board with the effort to incentivize Russia to accept Ukrainian sovereignty.
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