Kerch crisis demonstrated that the West is not ready to go to confrontation with Russia, and Ukraine continues to live the reality of 2014.
In an interview with the Apostrophe said the expert on international policy of the Ukrainian Institute for the future Iliya Kusa.
“Kerch crisis showed some important things, so you can make the following conclusions. First, the West is not ready to go to confrontation with Russia, and not just a reaction to the Kerch crisis very clearly demonstrated. This is an alarming bell for the Ukraine to 2019, especially given the elections and the European elections in the spring, for which we should be very careful to follow”, – he explained.
According to the expert, the Kerch crisis has shown that Ukraine is living in the reality of 2014.
“Secondly, this crisis, in my opinion, fixed the absolute isolation of Ukrainian political elites from reality. Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion that Ukraine is living 2014. A significant part of the Ukrainian elites, the authorities do not understand that the world has changed in the last four years. And these statements after the Kerch crisis of overlapping of Bosporus Russia, the establishment of NATO ships in the sea of Azov, on the deployment of the military mission of NATO in the Black sea is completely divorced from reality. They showed that we didn’t realize that four years have passed and the world changed. Even as of 2014, had the governments of the States has changed the geopolitical situation in the world, the US and Europe are no longer friends like they used to. All socio-economic problems that are experiencing these States, forcing them to immerse themselves and not to engage in foreign policy, especially Ukraine. Kerch crisis recorded it, so we live in the past and do not see reality – the world is changing, and therefore need to change their tactics, messages, communication policies, the approach to cooperation with the Europeans. We also need to work with the neighbors, and we live in 2014. Our ships captured, then have to fight Russia, and it’s just absurd,” says Kusa.
The scientist pointed to one more anxious moment.
“For me personally, the Kerch crisis was very revealing, given these processes, namely, changes in the geopolitical situation around Ukraine. The last resolution on the Crimea – also from this Opera. Took them, but we need to look at how many countries voted for the resolution, and why so many countries abstained from voting,” he adds.