NATO — Not Putin — Is The Unreasonable One In The Ongoing Crisis In Ukraine The action of those blaming Putin and his country over the Ukrainian crisis is laughable.
Great power politics is usually difficult to understand by people, except those who have been trained to understand it.
To be sure, one needs both theories and history to make sense of great power politics.
United States of America would not tolerate it if Mexico tries to join a security alliance with another great power — say China or Russia.
We can look at history now.
The 1962 Cuban missile crisis is a good example of using history to make sense of great power politics.
Great powers do not tolerate it when another great power create an alliance with a country in their backyards.
Russia is a great power. She will not tolerate NATO’S presence in her backyard.
Ukraine is Russia’s backyard.
Every known International Relations expert in the United States of America, particularly from the realist school of thought blames NATO, EU, and USA for the current Ukraine crisis.
NATO’S expansion in eastern Europe is disturbingly annoying and absolutely unreasonable to Putin and his country.
Putin is only following the logic of great power politics. And he is doing that very well at the moment.
SEE COMMENT AND REACTIONS
Oge Okea: Let nobody bring sentiment into this discourse. Much as I love America, I think they are biting more than they can chew. I remember Nelson Mandela telling them that they are not world’s police. Why would they want every other country to be under their apron string?
I see the crisis ranging in Ukraine as a war between two main ideologies – those of capitalism, which the U.S. fathers, and communism, which the former USSR (now Russia 🇷🇺 ) heads. I stand to be corrected.
Handson Kinikanwor: The West have westernised many, they would take whatever they get from their media too. I am with Russia on this.
Orji Elvis: Did NATO beg Ukraine to come and join them? Ukraine is an independent nation they have freedom of association.
For me if Russia have good intentions in this world they don’t need to be scared if NATO is in their backyard.
NATO we are talking about is not only America oooo other strong nations in Europe belong to this organization, why calling or blaming America?
Sweden and Finland are planning to join NATO on their own accord, if Russia have or had been a good brother or neighbor do u think these nations will want to join NATO.
Ezemonye Amadi: (Responding to Orji Elvis) Orji Elvis
You tried. But I think you missed a lot of things.
Great power politics is not easy to understand. It requires both theories and history to make sense of it.
Theories help to simplify events that are thrown up in great power politics. And history helps to place those events in clearer pictures.
Every great power is a hegemon of its own region. And great powers does not tolerate the presence of other great powers in their regions (or backyards).
USA is a great power. She is the hegemon of the western hemisphere. NATO is a product of cold war era and it’s America’s show.
If you have the time read about the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Also see containment theory, balance of power theory, and offensive realism.
They will help you understand the logic of great power politics, and why Ukraine can’t join NATO, at least, from Russia’s point of view.