Western diplomats and media interpret Putin’s press conference as a welcome step back from confrontation. His goals accomplished – the securing of Russian forces in the Crimea and protecting Russian speakers from ethnic violence – Putin has declared that he is walking back the military option, although he reserves the right to protect the interests of ethnic Russians as well as
own interests in Ukraine.
Alarmingly, Western diplomats and media laud Putin’s support of elections.
Putin is going to allow the Ukrainian people to decide their own fate. Let’s
breathe a collective sigh of relief.
go to forbes.com