Russian President Vladmir Putin is exhibiting some major stones, brass, cajones … whatever.
He sends troops into Crimea, which used to be part of Ukraine, and takes over the region from another sovereign nation. He masses tens of thousands of troops on the Ukraine’s border with Russia, threatening further military action.
He then accuses Ukraine of acting irresponsibly by using its own military to put down pro-Russian demonstrators. Furthermore, he accuses the West — including the United States — of meddling in Ukraine’s affairs.
Kettle, meet pot.
It’s quite astonishing to hear the leader of a large nation with a substantial military force lecture the rest of the world about such matters.
Russia has interfered in another sovereign nation’s internal affairs. Russian troops have entered Ukrainian territory. And Russia’s strongman president has the gall to lecture the United States and its allies about diplomatic decorum?
The European Union, NATO, the United States and other key allies are preparing to ratchet up further economic measures aimed at crippling the Russian economy. The first rounds of sanctions already are taking a big bite out of the Big Bear’s backside.
Putin’s stern language is not going to help quell the tension or ease the pain that is about to be inflicted on his nation.