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Britain can end Ukraine’s ‘frozen war’

Expansion of the Russian Empire 1750-1950

Expansion of the Russian Empire 1750-1950

 

 

Ukraine is a country put together as recently as 1954, incorporating conquests from Poland and the Ottoman Empire. As the map shows, the Eastern Ukraine belonged to Russia before the rest of the country. Ukraine’s refusal to allow self-determination of its historically separate regions is incompatible with its aspiration to join the EU. Britain is encouraging this un-European behaviour by guaranteeing Ukraine’s territorial integrity through its mistaken triple treaty of 1994 (the Budapest Memorandum).

Britain made the same mistake in 1856 when it signed an earlier triple treaty, also designed to prevent Russian invasion, which failed to foresee the emergence of independence movements in the Ottoman Empire. That mistake led directly to the First World War.

Britain could now abrogate its badly-drafted treaty of 1994, which no longer serves any purpose as Britain and the US clearly do not intend to reunite Crimea with Ukraine by force. The US would be forced to admit the mistake and would follow suit. If the treaty had not existed Ukraine would have allowed Crimea to vote for independence. It would not have been necessary for Crimea to join the Russian Federation for protection against the US, Britain, and Kiev, a surrender of sovereignty which will remain a cause of dissension among the Tatar population. Britain should now admit to its 1994 mistake and bring self-determination and peace to the people of Ukraine.

(Note: the former Iron Curtain includes governments installed by the Red Army i.e. excluding Yugoslavia and Albania. This not relevant to the present dispute but was on the map for other purposes).

See The Crimean War (Tempus Publishing, 2007)

Renewable Energy: This Changes Everything

Hugh Small’s presentation to the LSE Student Union Sustainable Futures Society ‘Solving Climate Change’ panel, 24 February 2015

Naomi Klein, in her book This Changes Everything, says that the environmentalist movement helps to defend society against oppression. I want to support this view by making two points:

Exploitation of ‘fuelled’ energy causes both social and environmental damage. […]

Green Party policy at a glance

A table of policy differences between parties, annotated by me […]

Making the UK energy industry as competitive as telecoms

Strong industry-specific regulation in the 1990s made the UK telecoms market a model for the world to follow. The initiative came from the grass roots […]

Bank of England discovers False GDP

Monetary Policy Committee member Martin Weale has leaked the fact that GDP in 2012 was 4% larger than previously reported. This ‘discovery’ comes too late to make austerity unnecessary but in good time for the feelgood factor to affect the Scotland referendum. […]

EU equalisation will rescue freedom of movement

Economic migration is not an inevitable consequence of freedom of movement, and does not support the fundamental rationale of the EU […]

Chris Pissarides and the deficit

Why don’t all businesses try to eliminate their ‘deficit’, if it’s so important to the national economy? […]

More energy regulation = more competition

Line-of-business restrictions are needed to boost energy competition and to encourage process improvement in dominant suppliers […]

World Bank: Reducing emissions could add 2.2% to GDP

The Climate Works Foundation & World Bank report reveals that GDP growth does not depend on increasing consumption of raw materials […]

False GDP statistics slow growth, waste resources

Short-term GDP figures are biased and encourage usage of resources rather than increases in financial prosperity […]

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