Tag Archives: Crimea

SPINNING THE NARRATIVE, IGNORING THE FACTS

Soviet leader Josef Stalin once memorably remarked about his country that "it does not matter how people vote; it matters who does the counting". Mr Putin is continuing this tradition by assuming that facts are unimportant - the only thing that matters is who spins the narrative.

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President Vladimir Putin to transform Crimea into the Singapore of the Black Sea.

“I blew the dust off the book, ‘Singapore: From Third World to First’ by Lee Kuan Yew to have another read when I became minister,” Savelyev said in an interview in his office in the Economy Ministry in Moscow, where he was deputy minister before his promotion. “We will pursue Singapore’s model in Crimea, we’ll ensure a comfortable business environment there.”

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KISHORE MAHBUBANI: THE WEST MUST LEARN TO MANAGE DECLINE

So how should the West manage its decline? Three simple steps could make a big difference. First, end the ideological crusade of promoting democracy. Indeed, the Ukraine fiasco is a direct result of the West encouraging street protests instead of encouraging political compromise between the two camps. This reckless geopolitical behaviour was a direct result of the belief - to borrow the phrase used by the late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev - that "history is on our side". Actually, as the realist former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger wisely and subtly pointed out recently, it would be unwise to ignore vital Russian interests in Ukraine.

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Russian ambassador in Singapore replies

Western correspondents were allowed to monitor the process from the very beginning to the end; there was live coverage on CNN and other major channels. The outcome was an unequivocal verdict on the 22 years of Ukraine rule. By the way, it was not President Vladimir Putin who novelised international law with "humanitarian interventions" and the "responsibility to protect", not to mention "coalitions of the willing" to bypass the United Nations.

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