Listen to folks in Washington talk about the supposed Russian threat and you’d think America was a small, third-rate country
When Russian media reported that legislators intended to introduce amendments leading to a registry of companies allegedly connected to so-called "aggressor states," our initial reaction was, "They can't be serious." But combine a few established concepts in the Russian political consciousness with a longstanding legislative trend and the proposal makes a lot of sense.
World leaders need to acknowledge that, if they were in Mr. Putin's shoes, they would try to accomplish the same but might do it differently. Hence, condemning the methods used, they need to give Russia and its president a chance to legalize the grab of Crimea.