Perhaps it is time to recognize that George W. Bush’s disastrous foreign policy legacy encompasses far more than just Iraq and torture. Bush also understood nothing about Russia.
European security has two problems: Russia and NATO.
The inevitable tightening of Western sanctions will push Russia to exploit the economic contradictions between the United States and European nations like Germany, and make Moscow increase its links with the BRICS countries, especially the Chinese powerhouse.
The Ukraine crisis is easy to solve so long as all you know is that Ukraine is a small country and the United States is a very, very big country with a very, very powerful military.
Everyone knows that the road to unpersonhood and poverty begins with the elimination of Russian as an official language. It shouldn't surprise anyone that ethnic Russians freaked out when one of the first official acts of Ukraine's parliament was to ban Russian.
The fact that NATO insists on getting engaged reveals the elephant in the room: underlying the crisis in Crimea is Nato's undisguised ambition to continue two decades of expansion into what used to be called "post-Soviet space".