'Russia trying to create climate of chaos in Ukraine'
April 9th, 2014
12:30 PM ET

'Russia trying to create climate of chaos in Ukraine'

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CNN speaks with Fareed Zakaria about recent developments in Ukraine, what Russia might be planning next, and how the United States should respond. This is an edited version of the transcript.

You've got pro- Russian demonstrators taking over government buildings in eastern Ukraine. You've got this ultimatum being laid out by the Ukrainian government. What do you make of the state of play inside Ukraine right now?

It feels like we're now in phase two of the Russian operation in Ukraine. Remember, Crimea was never the prize. Putin took Crimea because he could, because there was a naval base, because he feared Ukraine was slipping out of his control and he wanted to take that one piece that he knew he could get.

Ukraine was the prize. The whole purpose of Russian policy for the last decade has been to try to dominate Ukraine. So now phase two is, OK, we have Crimea. But Ukraine has become more anti-Russian and wants to move to the West. What do we do?

So, they've done two things. Over the last week or two, they’ve tried to essentially crash the Ukrainian economy. So, they have really essentially cut off supplies, contracts, business dealings. Now what they're trying to do is foment pro-Russian forces in Ukraine so that they create an atmosphere of general chaos.

At that point Putin can say, look, there's general chaos in Ukraine, we need to protect our Russian speakers. We happen to have 40,000 troops right near the border and we can go in. He may not need to go in physically, though he's clearly preparing for that option. But that also allows him to go to the Ukrainian government and say you've got to negotiate on my terms now, and those terms are substantial autonomy for eastern Ukraine, a permanent role for Russia in a kind of special relationship.

So, he's now moved on to the issue that was always his prize, how do I dominate Ukraine?

What is the next move for Ukraine, and for the United States and E.U. and NATO, who are trying to get Russia to stand down? Secretary of State John Kerry in a Senate hearing said very clearly, do not be fooled, this could be very easily viewed as a pretext for moving into Ukraine even further. What can they do?

It's a tough question. The first thing I think is the Ukrainian government is going to have to act well. The Ukrainian government has to be able to assert control over the territory. They did a pretty good job in the last day or two getting rid of some of these demonstrators. But at the end of the day, the Ukrainian government cannot control these protests.

Getting Americans or Europeans in, it's not going to look good or work. Russia just says, ‘you see there are foreigners involved on one side’. First Ukrainians have to get their act together and they're trying.

More from CNN: Turning Crimea into 'Putinland'?

I think secondly, we have to start specifying exactly what would happen if the Russians were to invade. I think that really involves getting the Europeans to take a tougher line. If the Germans were to outline tough sanctions, real sanctions, that might make Moscow have second thoughts.

There's not much we can do. We're not going to fight a war with a nuclear superpower over Ukraine. But the Germans do a lot of trade with the Russians. It would be a body blow to the Russian economy.

It’s pretty interesting that the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia might meet. Isn't that a huge step?

That is actually a bigger step. And it's gotten lost in some of the protests. The Russians, remember, had never accepted the Ukrainian government. They argued this was illegitimate. Now, the Russian foreign minister is meeting with the foreign minister. The Russians have said they would be willing to meet with all parties in the Ukrainian political system, meaning some of the pro-Russian ones. So, Putin is very clever. He's making some very tough moves. He's at the same time making some diplomatic overtures. And he's trying to see which ones work out. I don't believe he's ever had a master plan. He's a master opportunist.

More from CNN: Putin won't stop at Crimea

Part of what he's trying to figure out is how much support does he have in eastern Ukraine? Remember, people say eastern Ukraine is pro-Russian. From my understanding of it and from our good reporting, the younger people in eastern Ukraine, even the younger speakers, are not that pro-Russian. It's an older generation coming out of the Soviet Union that are. So Putin is trying to play all these dynamics and see what he can do.

What we need to do is be a little more specific on what we can do. The reason we're not, of course, is we don't have agreement, particularly with the Europeans.

What do you think about what Senator McCain and other Republican members of the Foreign Relations Committee basically saying that the administration, the U.S., has lost all credibility in foreign policy right now?

I think it's mostly partisan posturing…I would suggest that the way you gain credibility in a situation like Russia is not to have gone around invading other countries. I mean, the idea that if we had only intervened in Syria, we would have more credibility with the Russians. I feel like we tried that experiment in the last administration. We invaded Iraq, we invaded Afghanistan, and Putin still invaded Georgia and he still annexed Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

These situations are sufficiently complicated, that if you decide you want to put a partisan spin on them, you can read almost anything the way you want to. I think that this is a tough period we're going through, and a very serious crisis we're confronting in eastern Ukraine, and I just wish that the United States were able to speak with one voice rather than using this occasion and this crisis to turn it into yet one more partisan slinging match.

You've suggested this may be the most significant crisis involving the U.S. and Russia since the end of the Cold War. Are you still buying that?

Absolutely, because since the Cold War ended, we have had a set of rules of the road that have allowed for an unprecedented level of political stability, the global economy has prospered, the great powers have all been playing by a certain set of rules of the road. And what Russia has been doing over the last few years, but particularly here, is essentially saying, we're going to tear up this order. We are not going to abide by the idea that borders are sacrosanct, because what they are trying to do now in eastern Ukraine is they're trying to foment extreme instability.

The idea, I think, is to create a general climate of chaos, then declaim that the Russian army has to go in as a matter of protecting its own borders, protecting its own Russian speakers…This is stuff that really has not been employed by any major power really since 1945, but certainly since the end of the Cold War. So it's a big deal.

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  1. ✠ RZ ✠

    Oh sure, blame it on Russia. It's evident enough that things were chaotic before Russia got physically involved. And what about places like Israel, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Lybia, the whole stinking Middle East, Korea, Africa, South America, Asia, and right here at home? Is that all the Russians too? Hello ?!? The problem is pandemic! ! It's a global failure! You're looking at the symptoms but not the real causes. Get real!

    April 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm |
    • recipesbychuck

      I agree with you, as long as you aren't trying to lay blame on a specific party or administration. It's a systemic, philosophical failure of our country as a whole. Our political system is deeply flawed so that division and lack of compromise is rewarded, and our foreign policy still rooted in combination of cold war and Friedman Shock Doctrine theories and stratagems. So much energy is spent battling ourselves that we can't keep up with the world.

      April 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm |
      • ✠ RZ ✠

        Unlike many who think there should be some kind of reward for it, laying blame is not necessarily at all conducive to providing the proper remedies. The proper course of action is to positively and unequivocally identify the root of the problem, regardless of where any blame might lie, then put a stop to it and try to fix the darn thing. But noooooohh, that would make good sense for all, rather than dollars for some.

        April 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm |
      • j. von hettlingen

        It's true that Putin is a clever gambler. He observes and makes his moves, when he sees benefits for the efforts. No doubt he's extremely annoyed by what has been going on in Ukraine and determined to take revenge on the leadership in Kiev for starting the protests and ousting Yanukovich. His troops are on the border of Eastern Ukraine, ready to march in. Even if there is no danger of an imminent invasion, their presence poses a huge physical and psychological threat, especially if they stay there indefinitely. Putin will think twice before sending his troops into Eastern Ukraine, as he faces different challenges there than in Crimea.

        April 10, 2014 at 10:09 am |
    • K. Wilson

      You never said what the "pandemic" problem is...

      April 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
      • ✠ RZ ✠

        I've tried now 4 times but am being filtered out. Sorry.

        April 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm |
    • Jim Bean

      Right. Russia invades and annexes pieces of a smaller country's territory and it's all the USA's fault.

      April 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm |
      • Ron

        No, that's not how it happened: a territory VOTED to be independent and then decided to be part of Russia. All according to UN Charter. Just remember what we have done with Serbia/Kosovo

        April 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm |
      • Michael

        Crimea was part of the Russian empire since 1783. Majority of people living there are Russian 58 percent, 30 percent are eastern Ukrainians or what are known as malorussians translated it means small Russians, majority of these eastern ukranians are pro Moscow. The tartars comprise the remaining 12 percent and are not at all Russian friendly. Conclusion any vote would end in Moscows favor. Keep in mind kryschev moved Crimea from Russian republic to the Ukranians in 1954 and nobody asked the locals how they felt about that. Think about this. Ukraine had 18k troops in Crimea of that total only 2k went back to Ukraine the rest now serve in the Russian armed services. That should tell westerners where loyalties lie.
        The problem is that America maybe does not understand that Ukraine is divided between the East and West. Everything west of the Dneiper river is western oriented because these territories were added to Ukraine from 1939. everything east and south of the Dneiper river is loyal to Moscow it's been like that since 1689 that will not change.

        April 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm |
    • Lee

      Someday soon the U.S. is going to have to take a nuke out of South America. Mine your own biz yankee this is not you part of the hemisphere. This is pure properganda..... Zakaria

      April 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm |
      • AYFSerious

        Well you got us close to nuking Cuba....

        April 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm |
    • Ron

      Zakaria used to write good articles.. unfortunately, it is all in the past. Ukraine is in chaos, yes, but the reason is their so-called "revolution" that occurred in February. But it is very convenient to blame someone else, of course

      April 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
    • empiricalinvestments

      well do you want the US/EU to directly get involved in Ukraine? Right now we're trying to get Russia to lay down and let the chips fall where they will. If Russia's actions are not responsible for this and if their inactions were not able to de escalate the situation, then the global community will have to get involved to maintain stability. If Russia ending propaganda to sway the situation could calm tensions in the region, then nobody has to get involved - however, Ukraine may or may not stay under Russia's influence.

      April 9, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
      • Michael

        Amazing, Mccaine and Nuland visited Kiev and took pictures, shook hands, gave out sandwiches, provided five billion in finances to the Maiden opposition. after these folks toppled the government you say Moscow should let the chips fall as they may? please keep in min this is happening in Russia,s backyard not thousand of miles away. How would Washington react if Canada was in the middle of a civil war and the side that took power showed signals that they would let the Russians set up military bases on America,s border. Hahaha let chips fall where they may sure.

        April 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm |
  2. Tubby Eyes

    "Russia trying to create climate of chaos in Ukraine"? Somehow, I don't think so. The religious and ethnic differences were there all along and are just now surfacing. Maybe it would be better to let that country split in two with each side going their own way.

    April 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm |
    • ✠ RZ ✠

      Zak seems to have forgotten to mention the preliminary phase of all this which was for Russia to violently overthrow their own puppet leadership there.

      April 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm |
      • I, Goliath

        @RZ, you're not as smart as you apparently think you are; conflating all mankind's problems into one globally interconnected ball is a recipe for analysis paralysis. No one said whatever's happening in Israel, Iran etc was ultimately Russia's doing. The current issue is Russia's bullying in its backyard; only a strong EU can influence Putin by NOT buying their gas anymore. But here's the rub – what will they do for heat? A long term plan that builds pipelines and sources energy, totally sidestepping Russia, will PERMANENTLY curtail the animal called Putin and the innate aggression of Russia.

        April 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm |
      • ✠ RZ ✠

        @ I Goliath, never mind own inadequacies, just look at what's being pointed out. Look at alll the "current" problems, the reactions, and results. We're not winning. I don't think much of anybody is winning anywhere. And though I do like the "analysis paralysis" touch, I disagree on your point of global interconnection. We have macro problems being micro managed which can certainly work sometimes. But if we don't start looking at it that way soon, I fear the real recipe will be for disaster. Not that I'm necessarily a big fan of Lagade, but 'We are watching a tsunami coming, and you're just proposing that we ask "which swimming costume we're going to put on"'.

        April 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm |
    • K. Wilson

      What religious and ethnic differences? The predominate religion in both countries is Eastern Orthodox and they are predominately all Slavs. That's one of the things that's so frustrating about this. People who are substantially similar are acting like they are inherently different. Its like Shias and Sunnis.

      April 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm |
    • OtaEifforc

      Tubby Eyes, chaos is an understatement. Putin's plan is to get the U.S. military bogged down in Eastern Europe. After all, if the U.S. can pay for a 12-year war on terrorism, spending a few billion dollars extra to react to Putin's antics is a piece of cake. I can see a bait thousand miles away.

      April 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm |
  3. YYJ

    Zakaria is way off base in saying invading Iraq and stopping their invasion of Kuwait wasn't a deterrent. It was. The reason Putin invaded is because Bush is no longer in office. That is the one advantage totalaltarian regimes have over the US. They can wait and wait until a favorable president arrives in office. And that's exactly what Putin and other regimes are doing. Their waiting until they see a President they can invade under. For Zakaria to claim the Iraq invasion didn't act as a deterrent is being extremely simple minded and short sided. This is why Ex – Presidents need to retain some political clout, if they choose, when they leave office, I believe. And I don't mean just symbolically in name and as national treasures. Past presidents, once their terms are over should be offered permanent congressional seat or senate seats. This would counter act some of the totalaltarian regimes ability to play the long game. I know other senators and congressmen who have to fight for their seats every election cycle will gripe but there is another advantage to this. The seats given to ex presidents would be completely bi partisan and free from corporate, and special interest influence. They would no longer need to raise money for campaigns and elections and thus could just be able to what's best for the country. And honestly it wouldn't be that many seats. Not every president would accept the seat after their presidency is over, and even if they did how many ex presidents are there living, at any given moment? Maybe I'm the only one that sees it but I do believe that's the strategy many totalarian regimes are using. Play the long game, if the current US president is too tough on foreign policy, then wait he'll be gone possibly in 4 years. The US needs a counter balance to their strategy.

    April 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm |
    • Ruf

      Bush was in office when georgia was invaded!

      April 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
      • c

        True, but he stopped when Bush said he wouldn't stand for it! otherwise Putin would already of had Ukraine... ALL OF IT

        April 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm |
      • randall

        "he stopped when Bush said he wouldn't stand for it! otherwise Putin would already of had Ukraine... ALL OF IT"

        Putin told you that personally did he? .... that he was scared S...less of dubya?

        April 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm |
      • And

        And Bush never even imposed sanctions on Russia. Weak GOPher.

        April 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm |
      • sonny chapman

        Bush gazed into Putin's eyes & saw into his soul & declared him to be an OK Guy. Let's see one Repub. "recall" that wonderful piece of Macho Man Foreign Policy !

        April 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm |
      • Alex

        Bush did stop Putin.. he drew his portrait and Putin stopped.

        By the way you guys are wayyyy of base here.. Georgia committed genocide against Osetia. Saakashvilli is a war criminal that attacked republic of Osetia and killed a bunch of people for no reason.

        April 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm |
      • Thinker

        When mentioning Bush, do not forget to mention his brain Dirty Dick Cheney. Bush was hands-off President.

        April 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm |
    • fast_skier

      yikes what are you on? You seem to have forgotten who was in office when putin went into Georgia. Your comment about giving ex-presidents a seat in either the senate or the house and it would be bi-partisan........you are obviously not being serious

      April 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm |
    • Turn Left


      April 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
    • Tom sawyer

      Putin's troops are still in Georgia. He has the parts of it he wanted, and Bush did nothing to stop him. Not saying that is any slur on Bush - there was nothing he could have done to stop him - but the same situation exists with Obama. We're not going to go to war over Ukraine. The American people would never stand for it, just as they would not stand for our getting involved in Syria. There are limits to American power. When another power like Russia invades a country that has a population favorable to it, and our forces are far away the result is going to be inevitable. The only long-term answer is for europe to stop buying Russian oil, gas, and coal.

      April 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
  4. sly

    What a crisis – at least 3-4 people have been injured over there in Russia, as they battle for the 1000th straight year over who owns that piece of land.

    Certainly nothing any American should be concerned with – except for all those Republicans like McCain demanding we drop nuclear weapons on Russia (and China for invading Tibet).

    Yeah ... now there is the first bright idea Republicans have had in an decade: Start WWIII.

    April 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm |
    • YYJ

      Who wants war? Nobody does. Nobody wants to see hundreds of thousands of people suffer, ever I hope. But isn't not fighting for what's right, then just letting "evil" win? I remeber watching an old superman cartoon and it had a line that I will never forget, it was so profound. You can never beat evil, but the day we stop fighting evil, is the day evil wins.

      April 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm |
      • sly

        I am not sure Russia is 'evil'. This was their land, and it has always been disputed. It sounds like over 90% of the citizens there prefer Russia.

        April 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
      • Ruf

        So when russia getsv into a neighboring country to take back territories that belonged to them it is evil but when the US helps the deportation of a country's population to make way for an airbase it is not? why is your army in diego garcia when its owners are languishing in mauritius as pathetic refugees? and you think that is not evil?

        evil is when you ronald reagan designates mandela a terrorist because he is fighting a chemical weapons (anthrax) spraying apartheid system and you call him one of our most brilliant leaders.
        evil is when your bombs killed hundreds of iraqis under false premises and refused to even count the body bags because they are collateral damage. evil is when you are attacked conventionally at pearl harbour and in response you become the only country in the world to date to have thrown an atomic bomb – twice to decimate a nation. hiroshima was an act of genocide nothing less but you have the guts to call other nations evil? shame on you.

        April 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
    • dont care about your feelings

      your a left wing idiot that has no idea what your talking about so pull your head out of your ass so democrats can shove a red hot poker up it

      April 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm |
      • That would be You're an idiot

        What's your solution? Start yet another "unfunded/off-the-books" war with Russia? A war we couldn't possibly win?

        April 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
    • Alan S

      Sly: Your comment is silly. Neither John McCain nor any other Republican (nor any Democrat or Independent that I know of) has suggested the U.S. or Western Europe get involved in war, nuclear or otherwise, over the Russian incursion into Georgia. If you want to criticize the policies of the Republican Party, please do, but don't falsely ascribe policies to them and then criticize those policies you have wrongly attributed to this or that politician or party.

      April 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
      • Alan S

        I meant to write "Ukraine" rather than "Georgia".

        April 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm |
      • sly

        Alan, you are 100% correct – I just like mocking 'Bomb Bomb McCain'.

        I think everyone on here knows there is no such thing as 'Republican Policy', since that party hasn't come up with a single idea since 'Shock and Awe', and we all know how that turned out.

        April 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm |
  5. kevin

    Zakaria is an idiot that has no idea what is going on there... for that matter he has no idea what is going on arround the world

    April 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm |
    • And how do you know so much?

      Faux news?

      April 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm |
    • sonny chapman

      Kevin,why don't you write an article & let's see what you know.

      April 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm |
    • Dennis

      As if you have a clue as to what goes on in the world?

      April 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm |
  6. Chukwuemeka

    The kettle calling the pot black. Please the United States of America has been playing the same game in the last 20-25 years all over the world. Remember the killing of the Preside of Central African Republic in the 60's has made that entire region unstable till date. That instability has crept into Nigeria and threatening the entire West African subregion.

    April 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm |
    • GLF

      Where has the US invaded and annexed another countries territory?

      April 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm |
    • EvilPutin

      Yet another Russian troll making excuses to condone the actions and plans of an evil, conniving dictator hell-bent on raping Ukraine of her nationhood! Russia's 'sphere of influence' includes molesting, extorting, intimidating, destabilizing, and underminding any of her neighboring vassal states who step out of line! Adolf Putin used the Hitler Doctrine to annex Crimea and is looking to dismember Ukraine using any and all means necessary! Damn you, damn you, damn you, damn you, damn you, Adolf Putin!

      April 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm |
  7. SC

    Zakaria thinks he knows everything. As much as Russia is polluting the environment, Zakaria is making some baseless comments. May be, he is saying these things just for the sake of saying something. He has been making lot of nonsense comments about many things. What Russia is doing, let US, UN, and EU handle that. By making some baseless comments, Zakaria is creating huge animosities.

    CNN should edit his comments. I am not sure how popular he is.


    April 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm |
    • ✠ RZ ✠

      Perhaps it's actually CNN that is pushing Zak to shovel out all this horse crap. Maybe it's time he did jump ship.

      April 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
    • Dennis

      I would prefer they delete your comments,numbskull.

      April 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm |
      • SC

        Why so? I have not said anything bad against either except I think Zak is an over-achiever and trying to act smart thinking he has seen the world.

        April 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Tea Party Patriot

    A growing number of us are convinced that Sarah Palin is the only one who can heal and re-unify our country. But first she must return to her motorhome and resume her cross country tour. She will have to visit cities both large and small, being careful to speak only to real Americans, dispensing her sage advice and folksy, homespun common sense solutions. We can be a great nation again if we all follow the "Palin Path".

    April 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm |
    • Alan S

      Patriot: I assume you're joking.

      April 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
    • palintwit


      April 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
    • Now THAT funny

      I don't care who you are. But THAT was hilarious!!!!

      April 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm |
    • sonny chapman

      She has more than enough love in her heart for ALL Americans & wisdom to handle any problems that affect most Americans.

      April 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm |
      • palintwit

        She's a con artist. A grifter.

        April 10, 2014 at 10:53 am |
    • Turn Left

      You owe me a beer,
      I just spit mine all over my desk.

      April 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
    • Dennis

      Do you mean the "call girl on wheels" offering her political spin?

      April 9, 2014 at 8:15 pm |
  9. citizenUSA

    Seems like they're planning their own demise.

    April 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
  10. blo

    sad Fareed sad you have been spewing propaganda for a while now

    I have been watching your show in the inception and now I am wondering if you are objective or just another western media propaganda machine.

    is it fair to say that maidan protesters are funded and supported by the west??? to be that is as absurd as what you are saying about Russia.

    everyone has interest this time its Russia's interest that is threaten

    April 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm |
    • Kevin

      Yeah. How's the weather in Moscow, Ivan?

      April 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
      • blo

        You fool i am in North America lol sad you stupid ass cant stop eating the whole propaganda. be objective thats what everyone is asking for

        April 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm |
  11. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorites........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!

    April 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm |
  12. Kevin

    Okay, good. At least one journalist with a firm grasp on reality still lives.

    April 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
  13. d. lewis

    Russia's economy is mostly oil, and arms. They probably have achieved what they wanted, the price of oil/gas is moving higher, and hence Russia's profits are booming, and the down-sizing of the US military is being hotly debated, we can't have peace, we must have continual war to keep the US and Russian war machines going full steam. The worse thing that could happen to Russia is peace, and the other would be a move, in mass, US, EU, towards alternative energy. We will see what happens, how the powers that be can manipulate things to make sure they profit, and the masses will suffer the consequences, either be maimed in war, or their economies eventually destroyed. Some tough choice for them, if the powers that be get their way.

    April 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
  14. Zaka

    Fareed Zakaria is an idiot – does not understand a thing about Russia and China

    April 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm |
  15. Zaka

    Just keeps saying what he needs to say to keep his job – MORON

    April 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm |
  16. Zaka

    Fareed Zakaria – a journalist or scholar who was proven of doing plagiarism. Way to go CNN!

    April 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm |
  17. rumors

    Russia is saving their people that live in Ukraine.

    April 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm |
    • GLF

      Saving them from what? It looks like they were living in peace until Vlad the impaler invaded.

      April 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm |
    • GLF

      Saving them from what? It looks like they were living in peace until Vlad the impaler invadsd.

      April 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
    • Turn Left

      Stow the vodka, Ivan.
      Ukranians where fine until their elected leader
      Who ran on closer ties to Europe, stabbed his country in the back
      and ran to Putin like a dog.

      In the Chaos Putin made a land grab for Crimea.
      This is not over, Europe WILL have something to say about it.

      April 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
      • ✠RZ✠

        Taking what you have just said at face value, my question is Why or How did the Ukraine find themselves in the position of having to make a choice between Europe or Russia? We have plenty financial, economic, employment, corruption, and trade problems right here at home. But no one is telling us what countries to side with one way or another. Other than a handful of countries we declared rejects, we deal (mess?) with anyone or everyone as we please. So where did this all stem from? Who forced Ukraine's hand? Why couldn't they as a peaceful, intelligent, democratic, and sovereign nation deal with their problems in a logical manner respectful of their country as a whole?

        April 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm |
  18. Rosslaw

    Zaka-time to take your meds and go to bed.

    April 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
  19. jorge washinsen

    I first thought I had tuned in to a Ku KLux meeting.

    April 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm |
    • sly

      They prefer to call themselves TeaKKKlan now ... and boy do they get upset when they meet non-whites who are so much more intelligent than them.

      April 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm |
    • Tony Joe Might

      Tea party meeting, same thing.

      April 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
  20. route9

    Spring Time in the Ukraine. The birds are singing the mud is mudding, and Vodka Soaked angry flat faced old Soviet era residents, anxious to return to Commune Heaven are protesting, and the following song is heard every where:: "Find it strong Russian woman, hairy legs, hairy underarms, digit ditch, plow it field, drive it tractor, drink it vodka, snore it loud, strong BO". "Make it me happy Comrade".

    April 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm |
    • ✠RZ✠

      Real cute. And comparatively speaking, if I were Bill Gates, would the right thing be for me to go and obliterate or ruin their happy go lucky but pitiful life-style and stinking financial existence ? And for what ? For more money ? No, I don't think so. But I would team up with my multi-billionaire friends and try putting what little we have saved (compared to the printing press in Washington) towards making peoples lives better, and not Wall Street more profitable.

      April 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm |
  21. Kristina Krovane

    "'Russia trying to create climate of chaos in Ukraine'" TRYING? Really? What tipped you off? 40,000 troops on the eastern border, etc.? The whole world is watching this cluster you-know-what unfold. The Russians are not "trying" to do anything. They want war. They want Ukraine for their resources and will not stop until WW3 ends very badly for the Russians–and it will. Now, let's go kick some Russian arss! HOOAH!

    April 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm |
    • Alex

      I agree Hoooah!!
      but before Hooah.. make sure you buy Geiger Counter in the local Wal-Mart.
      Wait, they do not sell those.. Amazon maybe?

      April 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm |
  22. Anonymous12

    This was caused by a bunch of globalist. Obama and the New World Order, trying to hold on and to grab more financial control in the world, which is why they are pushing for so many wars, and financial controls, and pushing for socialism, because the elite end up with more control.

    Putin did exactly what he needed to do.

    April 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm |
    • Dennis

      It appears you are mistaking the current administration for the previous one.

      April 9, 2014 at 8:21 pm |
  23. Todd

    Those Ukrainians that want to be Russian should move to Russia. Simple enough.

    April 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm |
    • Kelly

      Simple in the fact that it could never be done. Move 20 million people? We have that many illegal immigrants in the US and you think they'll move because some loser on a CNN thread suggests it?

      April 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm |
      • Todd

        So you've just said yourself that 20 million people have moved from one country to another. Wow, it can be done! I believe the number of Ukrainians that are seriously wanting to be Russian is far smaller than 20 million. Let them go.

        April 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm |
    • Alex

      or those Ukrainians that want to be with EU can just move to Europe..
      O wait... That did not sound as good, did it?

      April 9, 2014 at 3:34 pm |
      • Todd

        Ukraine is already IN Europe- check your map.

        April 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm |
      • Dennis

        I got a better idea.Why don't all the Russians just move their drunken asses back to the Motherland?

        April 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm |
  24. Kelly

    Already the IMF is planning long-term economic pain for average Ukrainians while a few oligarchs plan to make off with nearly all the loot. I'll never understand why the American government takes such pleasure in causing suffering. People are right to be worried because this is EXACTLY how Russia's decline and eventual default started in the 1990s.

    April 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm |
    • Turn Left

      It was the IMF that sucked billions of dollars out of the Soviet Economy
      that caused the collapse of the Soviet Union.

      They can do it again.
      Sanctions don't work ?
      Wait till your country is bankrupt, then we will talk.

      April 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm |
      • ✠RZ✠

        Glad to see someone pointing a finger at possible causes for our pandemic problems.

        April 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm |
  25. Kievan Russ

    I don't think the Author knows what he is talking about or he is straight up lying. WHO EVER IS RESPONSIBLE, FOR THE COUPE IN KIEV IS RESPONCIBLE FOR THIS. This is the same exact thing and CNN better determine if they do want Russians to do something about this or not. Because as it stands you are beginning to come across as what is not worth listening to.

    April 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm |
  26. Irwin

    First Obama didn't want to look at the crimes of the previous administration, so the groundwork was ladi for international lawlessness. Putin is a thug, a throwback to to the old Soviet days, but our example of 'do whatever we please' can be used as a pretext for these thugs.

    April 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm |
  27. dl

    Destabilizing Govts across the Middle East has been the US's goal for some time – it allows the US to take advantage from the chaos and keep the focus off Israels & Saudia Arabias oppressive regimes.... and we have the nerve to criticise Russia?

    April 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
  28. mikemitch

    The whole Ukrane uprising just happened to start when Russia was very busy hosting an international sporting event...How coincidental...It reeks of CIA involvement, and we point the finger at Russia over Crimea? Guess where the other fingers of the hand are pointing?

    April 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm |
  29. Tony Joe Might


    The whole Ukrane uprising just happened to start when Russia was very busy hosting an international sporting event...How coincidental...It reeks of KBG involvement,

    Fixed that for ya, free of charge.

    April 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm |
  30. Ted

    The huge mistake Ukraine did was scheduling elections well into May, which gave Putin months to torment Ukraine. They should have done what Putin did with Crimea – 2 weeks, move-in special ops and be done with it.

    April 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
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