- - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ukraine is a classic example of a young state that doesn’t naturally command the allegiance of all its people (“West seeks to inflict more economic pain,” Web, July 30). Other examples abound. The Slavs of Transdniestria, which abuts Ukraine, don’t feel any affinity with the Romanian-speaking Moldovan authorities, and they furthermore fear that Romania will eventually absorb Moldova. Nor do the Armenians of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave wish a return to rule by Azerbaijan. Then there are the Abkhazians and South Ossetians of Georgia who distrust Tbilisi rule.

To treat these cases solely as instances of Russian imperial rule is unhelpful. The West needs to tread carefully. Don’t make a bad situation worse.


Dorset, England