On Friday, Europe responded by brokering a sensible compromise to
Ukraine’s increasingly dangerous crisis just as the army was about to
intervene. If the pact holds, Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich will
relinquish some of his powers, a unity government will be formed,
elections held, and jailed protestors freed. The fate of imprisoned
nationalist leader, Yulia Timoshenko, remains unclear.
Here was an intelligent diplomatic solution to a crisis that might
have led to a head-on clash between NATO and Russia, both nuclear
But what if the European Union had not brokered this deal and the US hardline approach had been followed?
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