Thursday September 18, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
27o C
19o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Diplomacy, not dogmatism

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday, prior to a meeting on the Ukrainian crisis which also included top EU officials.

By Alexis Papachelas

A friend who moves comfortably within the circles of the European establishment recently described a particularly interesting experience when he found himself in a discussion behind closed doors with leading officials and analysts regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Everyone at the meeting, he said, was rehashing the European Unionís official position and expressing heavy criticism about the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The discussion took a different turn, however, when someone dared to express a different point of view. This person more or less spoke of the fiasco of European policy vis-a-vis Russia and Ukraine, while admitting that Poland and the Baltic states had dragged Europe into a dangerous situation with no planning or clear strategic target.

The unnamed individual also expressed concern with regard to an eventual war of escalating sanctions that would prove disastrous not just for Moscow but for the European Union as well.

The fact that it only took one person to bring up the subject before everybody else followed suit by essentially reversing their previous politically correct talk in its entirety was nothing short of impressive.

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a great supporter of realpolitik, recently expressed a similar point of view.

The senior American politician invited Europeans to take a look at the map and consider what they would do if they were to find themselves in Russiaís and Putinís shoes with regard to Ukraine.

Kissinger even took a step further by suggesting that the only feasible and sensible solution in this case would be Ukraineís Finlandization and argued that European interests dictated working together with Russia. Instability within Russia and the countryís unforeseen intentions were not in Europeís interests, Kissinger concluded.

Obviously there is a counterargument to all this. No country can violate another countryís internationally recognized borders.

On the other hand, we live in the real world and we all realize that foreign policy based solely on good intentions never works.

This is the case in Syria, for instance, where, all of a sudden, Washington is unofficially allying itself with Bashar al-Assadís regime in the face of a rapidly rising threat from Islamist militants.

The world today has become a very complicated place, a place where there is no room left for experimentation, naivete or dogmatism.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday August 26, 2014 (19:27)  
High stakes after the Scottish vote
Greek societyís and lendersí fatigue
Legitimacy control
Loud patriotism
Police, protesters clash during rally to mark Fyssas killing
Greek police fired teargas at protesters who hurled petrol bombs and stones in Athens on Thursday during a rally marking one year since the killing of an anti-fascism rapper by a far-right G...
Prescription limit to rein in EOPYY spending
In a bid to rein in its expenses, the countryís largest healthcare provider, EOPYY, is to announce a limit in the coming days on the number and type of diagnostic tests that doctors affiliat...
Inside News
Tourism drives jobless rate down
The growth of tourism this year has had a clear impact on unemployment in Greece as the jobless rate announced on Thursday by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) for the second quart...
Hardouvelis asks for some room to breathe
Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis requested that the country be given some room to breathe in the fiscal adjustment process, while speaking at a ceremony in Athens for the signing of loan c...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Financial crisis forces Greek second division postponement
Greece's second soccer division Football League announced on Wednesday the postponement of the start of the season due to financial difficulties being faced by most clubs. "The board of dire...
SOCCER
Mitroglou rediscovers scoring touch after Fulham let-down
Costas Mitroglou banished the memories of his disappointing spell in England after breaking a 10-month goal drought as Olympiakos Piraeus secured a thrilling 3-2 Champions League win over At...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
†RECENT NEWS
1. Tourism drives jobless rate down
2. Hardouvelis asks for some room to breathe
3. Athens could miss out on last bailout installment
4. Police, protesters clash during rally to mark Fyssas killing
5. Prescription limit to rein in EOPYY spending
6. Prosecutor says six guilty in trial of terror group
more news
Today
This Week
1. SYRIZA ahead of ND, new opinion poll shows
2. Extradited Greek couple to face magistrate in Athens
3. National Bank of Greece said to pick advisers for Turkish sale
4. Unemployment at 26.6 percent in second quarter of 2014
5. Man's charred remains retrieved from vehicle following accident
6. Bank of Cyprus sells UK loan portfolio
Today
This Week
1. Greece on standby
2. Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
3. Central Athens traffic restrictions back in force on Monday
4. Avramopoulos appointed Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs
5. Lost in the fog
6. EU bank tests may miss trillion dollar risk, study finds
†††Find us ...
††... on
Twitter
†† ††... on Facebook ††
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.