Analysing change

01 March 2022

Russian invasion: The fatal blindness of the West

In the ZEIT Online article, Advisory Board Member and one of Ukraine's most renowned intellectuals Mykola Riabchuk analyses the West's missed chance to perceive Russia's great power aspirations in time, while Russia's words and deeds spoke a clear language.

“[…] Is Ukraine (as well as Moldova, Georgia, etc.) a sovereign state - as sovereign and internationally recognised as Russia? If so, do they have the same rights in international law and intergovernmental agreements? Are their "security concerns" less important and justified than Russia's? Yes, why are the security concerns formulated according to Russian understanding, from Russia's perspective, and not theirs? […]”