About what’s happening in Ukraine and before Cold War reflexes are allowed to hold sway, let’s ask our State Department to view this situation from Putin’s perspective [“Tug of war tightens in Ukraine,” Page One, March 3].
First, Russia spilled a lot of blood to expel the Nazis from the Crimean Peninsula during World War II.
Second, the majority of the peninsula’s population is Russian.
And third, Ukraine had to know Russia was there to stay when the Soviet Union gave them independence. And that was way before the implosion of the Soviet Union.
Also, and not least important, the whole Russian Black Sea Fleet is historically, and in Putin’s eyes, “permanently” based there.
So, let’s ask the U.N. to take the lead in negotiating a deal for the rest of Ukraine, allowing the Crimean Peninsula its independence, while propelling a new and 100 percent independent Ukraine to full and immediate membership with the European community.
Al Butch Smith, Seattle