[Marxism] Stephen F. Cohen is not the man he used to be
marvgand2 at gmail.com
Sat May 3 20:10:38 MDT 2014
On 2014-05-03, at 12:05 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> If the Euromaidan politicians were so gung-ho to join NATO, they would have done so when Orange Revolution politicians like Yushchenko or Tymoshenko were heads of state.
For someone who claims to know more about the Ukraine crisis than anyone else on the list you seem oblivious to the most elementary facts:
1. The Euromaidan politicians have always been gung-ho to join NATO, using the same pretext as the US and West European politicians from the time the organization was founded - that it was a "defensive" alliance against Soviet, and now Russian, "expansion".
Following the Orange Revolution in 2005, when Yushchenko and Tymoshenkp became heads of state, Ukraine entered into the Intensified Dialogue programme with NATO, culminating in March 2008, with Ukraine's officially application to join the alliance.
2. The application to join NATO was immediately shelved, however, on the coming to power of the Yanukovych government, which drew its main support from ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.
3. Last week, Tymoshenko reiterated her call for Ukraine to join NATO, and predicted that the move would now be supported by a majority of Ukrainians.
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