Zbigniew Brzezinski’s column in the FT


Yes the EU needs to form a rescue package for Ukraine but one that unlike the Russian alternative bypasses the olichargs. This revolt was against them and their leader in Ukraine, Yanukovich, and their leader in Russia, Putin. It first and foremost was a liberal revolt demanding not EU membership but EU-style freedoms and above all accountability and the rule of law. There will be another revolution in another decade if the olichargs can keep their station and install another puppet.

@Actuary, Mr. Brzezinski isn’t just an American. He was born in 1928 in Warsaw, son of a Polish diplomat who got stranded in Canada. His whole life has been about Eastern Europe. It’s impossible to divorce is or the US interest in Europe from the EU interest in Ukraine, obviously the Americans deserve a role at this table with the post-2nd-world-war and post-cold-war order being largely of their making.


Finlandization is a good realist option. But a lousy one for Ukrainians; they’re close to Russia but do not want proximity to the Kremlin. the Ukrainian army has been on course to join NATO since 1995 and since 2008 is a membership candidate. Ukrainians will continue to move westward towards the example set to them by Poland. The Russian people also deserve to see a Ukraine freed from thralldom and deserve to see that reform is not just another fraud and that people like Yanukovich and Putin do not rule by anything but public assent. And despite Russia’s best efforts, the Russians have seen the start of it.

I don’t know if Finlandization is proper. It probably isn’t what the Ukrainians seem to want. It’s really up to them, they have shown tremendous willingness to fight for liberte, egalite et fraternite, they can take this to where they want it. If now the EU and US thinks it can cooperate with Russia to force them into yet another mold I doubt we’ll earn their respect or trust. What we must do is facilitate elections so that they can have a representative and powerful parliament.