Doug Bandow argues that Kiev and Washington should focus on containing conflict with Russia
Doug Bandow, a former aide to US President Ronald Reagan, said Kiev’s plan to retake Crimea from Russia could lead to conflict spilling over into other European countries. He believes that the US goal in Ukraine is to prevent the effects of the crisis.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky “It’s right to dream of retaking the peninsula, but the Biden administration should reinforce America’s Ukraine policy in practice,” he said. Bandow urged in an article titled ‘Leave Crimea alone’, published in the American Conservative magazine on Thursday.
Last week, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky reiterated his desire to fight for the peninsula, which voted overwhelmingly to join Russia in a referendum in 2014. “We will be back there [to Crimea]. I don’t know exactly when. But we have a plan, and we will go back there, because this is our land and our people.” he declared.
But according to Bandow, Zelensky’s plan was impractical, as “Even with more US weapons, it would be difficult for Kiev to regain all the lost territory.” has been under Russian control since the outbreak of conflict in late February.
He added that if the situation deteriorates for Moscow, it could resort to full mobilization – instead of partial as announced Wednesday – and even deploy weapons of mass destruction. to achieve the goal in Ukraine.
Under those circumstances, a Ukrainian attack on Crimea “Will force the United States and Europe to increase their support, with the increased risk of being dragged into active war or abandoning Ukraine, after encouraging their active action,” former aide to the president, who is now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
According to Bandow, Washington’s core interest in the conflict in Ukraine is really “Contains its effects,” ensure that it does not extend to other European counties and does not end up with the United States joining a “War is unwanted and unnecessary.”
US and EU also “There is much risk in maintaining a working relationship with Russia, rather than … pushing Moscow toward a closer relationship with China,” he said. he say.
Any attempt by Kiev to take Crimea or any other operation “Its goal of expanding warfare undermines all of these interests,” Bandow emphasized, adding that yes “There is no convincing evidence” that the people of Crimea want to return to Ukrainian rule, as a result of the referendum eight years ago “May reflect majority sentiment on the peninsula.”
However, the status of the peninsula could become an important bargaining chip for Kiev in peace talks with Moscow, he said.