Opinion: US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Ukraine Tuesday with an offer of support for the country; $1 billion in an American loan guarantee and pledges of technical assistance. A day earlier UK Foreign Secretary William Hague was also in the region, no doubt also making promises. Both the US and the UK are in debt up to their eyeballs and many of their own citizens are experiencing tough financial times. But getting into more debt is never a problem for a government. How you view all of this this will depend on your political allegances. It is easy to see that Russia and any allies that country has left will view it as taking sides and buying a place in the hearts of the new government of the Ukraine. Supporters of the US and its allies will claim it is nothing more than helping a country in need and one that was invaded illegally, a bit like Afghanistan?. But there are many other countries in the same position. As always there is some truth in both views. You can argue that the government overthrown in the Ukraine was not legitimate as it was simpkly a puppet of Russia. Will replacing it with a western puppet government help the people of the country?
Russia view it as a coup d'état and the west as a revolution. Why is this one so important? Because it involves historical enemies Russia and the USA. Russia has been a thorn in the side of the west for some time and has used its veto in the UN scuppering America's plans for Syria et al. Is the escalating crisis part of a master plan? Doubtful but politicians know when to try and use events to further their own agenda. Wednesday there is a flurry of diplomatic activity as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrovin Spain for talks meets with John Kerry in Paris later. Lavrov gave a briefing with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, before concluding a two-day visit to Madrid.