Author: Thomas Elmar SchuppePublisher: Observer Research FoundationYear: 2014Language: EnglishPages: 54ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
At present, the burning concern driving forward reflection on the crisis in Ukraine revolves around solving the somewhat deadlocked situation between the revived 'Cold War' frontlines of the West (nowadays geographically and politically enlarged) and the East (smaller today and concentrated more than ever on Russia). And not to forget, of course, the dramatic internal political situation facing the sovereign state of Ukraine.How should the world react; what can and should the Western world do in reaction to Russia's annexation of Crimea, which has been widely condemned as a harsh infringement of international law? While military action has been broadly ruled out, the foremost goal should be to bring all engaged parties back to the table and to try and find a diplomatic solution. However, to increase the pressure some sanctions have already been imposed, a tightening and escalation towards more severe economic sanctions is in the pipeline: Indeed, one of the options is to hit one of Russia's most crucial economic lifelines: gas and oil exports.