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Nations telling others how to behave

A couple of weeks ago the news was that Obama was accusing Russia of reviving dark tactics. In doing this America was trying once again to maintain the moral high ground, but it just reads as childish when the Cold War is once dragged in as explanation of one’s behaviour.

President Barack Obama has accused Russia of reviving the “dark tactics” of the past in its bid to maintain influence in Ukraine, as world leaders meeting in Brussels echoed his calls for Moscow to stem the separatist violence and hold talks with the new leader in Kiev.

Mr Obama used the 25th anniversary of the end of communism in Poland to draw parallels with Ukraine’s struggle today, telling crowds gathered in front of Warsaw’s Royal Castle that “the days of empire and spheres of influence are over – bigger nations must not be allowed to bully the small”. – Independent

Indeed ‘bigger’ nations must not be allowed to bully others.

And now this week the West has issues with the Russian gas company Gazprom, the largest extractor of natural gas in the world and one of the world’s largest companies, for [rightfully?] cutting off the supply of one of its customers, Ukraine, due to uncleared debt.

“Gas supplies to Ukraine have been reduced to zero,” Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said – BBC news

“They’ve paid zero. Correspondingly we deliver zero,” Sergey Kupriyanov, a Gazprom spokesperson said in a press conference following the announcement. –

Kind of like how such companies treat their domestic customers – if you can’t keep up with the payments, they adjust your plan/agreement to something more manageable. It seems fair to me.


3 comments on “Nations telling others how to behave

  1. paulettemotzko
    17 June, 2014

    Reblogged this on The Political Think Tank.

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