WASHINGTON — After recent events in Crimea, a Reuters analysis written by Paul Taylor, admitted that “the Cold War is back.”
The Russian military, after Ukraine ousted its pro-Russia president Viktor Yanukovich, has now taken control of the autonomous region in the Black Sea. The Russian government, led by President Vladimir Putin, has also denied Ukraine a crucial financial aid package and is holding military exercises close to the Ukraine-Russia border.
The West, led by U.S. President Barack Obama, has only imposed sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian government officials so far.
The Reuters analysis said that the Crimean crisis has “revived fears, calculations and reflexes that had been rusting away since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.” Also, the writer pointed out that this event could be “a turning point in international relations like the 2001 Al Qaeda attacks on the United States or the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, is not yet certain.”
An analyst at the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace, Dmitri Trenin, even said, “Welcome to Cold War Two,” as a part of an article he wrote for the Foreign Policy magazine.
This, in the words of the analysis piece, is “the biggest game-changer in European security since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991″ and now Germany and Poland are stuck between the U.S. and Russia.
The developments in Crimea have put a damper on the Obama administration’s Russian ‘reset’, where then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believed that the Cold War tensions between the countries was ancient history.