America has always been blaming the Russians, the EU applies the same tactics when it comes to politics. You won't believe how many times politicans have said something along the lines of "We have to vote this way, or do things this way. Otherwise you're doing something that Putin likes/benefits Putin." They don't even try to argue their point of view anymore, they just point at Russia and expect you to go along with what they say. If the Dutch vote no on a referendum regarding Ukraine, that means that it is not the will of the people, or some other cause such as all the refugees/immigrants that are pouring in. No, it's not that years back a Dutch no vote was also ignored and that the Dutch people, much like other people in Europe, are sick and tired of being ignored by their politicans and the EU. It is abolutely none of that, obviously. It's all so clear, it's just the Russians! With their mind control technology, there is no other reasonable explanation, clearly.
Russia is just protecting its sphere of influence. America and NATO have been trying to push into this sphere of influence for years, just look at Georgia. They have done the same in Ukraine by overthrowing a corrupt but democratically elected government. In the end nothing has changed, there are still corruption scandals but atleast the government looks favourably upon America. Of course Russia is going to lash out, especially if they might lose their base in Crimea. It's not acceptable by international law, but America isn't respecting international law all that much either. In my opinion they also do not have the right to point the finger at Russia whilst they themselves continue to support Israel, it's the pot calling the kettle black.
As for Syria, I believe that Russia is doing the right thing. The opposition the EU and America supports are mostly islamic extremists, the only exception being the Kurds. We do not want another Libya, if anything history should have taught America that removing a leading figure will lead to collapse. Actually, they know but they do not care. Any regime is better then a regime that supports a country that is not in line with The United States.
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