By Stephen Lendman
In his March 18 address on Crimea, Putin was right saying:
“We have every reason to assume that the policy of containment, led in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, continues today.
“Western nations are constantly trying to sweep us into a corner because we have an independent position, because we maintain it, and because we call things like they are and do not engage in hypocrisy.
“Everything has its limits,” he added. “In Ukraine, our Western partners crossed the red line.” They “acted irresponsibly and unprofessionally.”
Putin had the courage to say what needs to be heard publicly. Containing Russia is longstanding US policy. It reflects US hegemonic ambitions. It risks a potential belligerent East/West confrontation.