September 7, 2014.
Yes, this is perhaps true that “there is no western leader who Putin can count on” [ 1 ].
But, there are views of independent “Western” people who agree that NATO and US policies are unfair if not inhumane and dishonest. These views are not cheap agitations and propaganda, but mature and confident appreciation of Russian politics.
Noam Chomsky. http://www.chomsky.info/articles/20140501.htm
“We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We are Well into It”: Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis
“STEPHEN COHEN: …So when we say today Putin initiated this chaos, this danger of war, this confrontation, the answer is, no, that narrative is wrong from the beginning. It was triggered by the European Union’s unwise ultimatum.”
Former U.S. Ambassador: Behind Crimea Crisis, Russia Responding to Years of “Hostile” U.S. Policy
Has clear and concise remark of Vitaly Churkin about “rejoining Crimea to Russia”.
Fmr. U.S. Ambassador: To Resolve Ukraine Crisis, Address Internal Divisions & Russian Fears of NATO
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5 September 2014 Last updated at 09:06 ET
Ukraine truce shaken by new shelling
By Steve Rosenberg
BBC News, Moscow
“… A senior Russian foreign policy strategist with close links to the Kremlin told me there were no Western politicians President Putin felt comfortable negotiating with on Ukraine….”