An American political scientist, John J. Mearsheimer wrote in an opinion piece recently published in The Economist that the “Western countries, and the US in particular, are primarily responsible” for the Ukraine crisis. US and European policymakers provoked the Ukraine crisis by trying to integrate Ukraine into the West, Xinhua news agency quoted Mearsheimer, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin bears full responsibility for the crisis. Huh.
‘But this story is wrong,’ he said. In his view, the Ukraine crisis is ‘the most dangerous international conflict since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.’ The West is now increasing aid to Ukraine by imposing economic sanctions on Russia, a move that Putin sees as “a declaration of war”. The article states that it is essential to understand the root causes in order to find a way to end the crisis.
Where did the Ukraine crisis start?
The crisis over Ukraine began at NATO’s Bucharest summit in 2008 when the administration of George W. Bush prompted the coalition to announce that Ukraine and Georgia would ‘become members’. Mearsheimer wrote that at the end of 2021, the West ignored Russia’s security concerns, intending to join Ukraine into NATO, which directly led to the current war.
NATO’s eastward march becomes Ukraine’s period
Furthermore, Russian policy makers have stated that ‘there is hardly anything to be said about either rebuilding the Soviet Union or conquering new territory to create a larger Russia.’ Russian leaders have repeatedly said that they see Ukraine joining NATO as “an existential threat that must be stopped,” the expert said. Mearsheimer said, “As Lavrov noted in January, ‘the key to everything is the guarantee that NATO will not expand eastward’.”