President Obama claims that multilateral diplomacy will win out in the East-West tug of war over Ukraine. While his cautious optimism may be welcomed, Harvard’s Stephen Walt argues that President Putin may not be feeling as threatened as political pundits suggest. Russia has reintegrated Crimea, undermined NATO’s moves towards expansion and scored domestic approval. Putin’s tacit acceptance of Ukraine’s recent elections simply suggests that his plan was never to re-establish the old Soviet Union. Far from being the first to blink, Putin may have cashed in his chips while the table was hot.
Source: Foreign Policy (reg)