Government thinking has shifted toward countering the Russian propaganda war in Ukraineby Bronwen Maddox / March 5, 2015 / Leave a comment
Government thinking on what to do about Ukraine has got much darker in just a few weeks, and not only because of the murder of dissident Boris Nemtsov in Moscow last Friday.
Three weeks ago, you could hear senior Foreign and Commonwealth types musing about how to give Putin an exit, “given that he doesn’t do reverse.” Promising that Ukraine would never join Nato was the favoured route, allowing the Russian president to achieve the objective he says he most wants, with no cost given that Ukraine isn’t about to join Nato in the foreseeable future—however far ahead you think you can look.
That’s gone, more or less. Now the new focus, driven by American concerns, is how to counter the “propaganda war” which officials feel Russia is winning in eastern Ukraine. Concern is rising about Russia’s tactics, in place for years, in giving Russian passports to Russian speaking populations in the Baltics and claiming the right to defend those people thereafter.