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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Reinhard Veser calls for more grey tones in Ukraine debate

The German debate over the war in Ukraine is not distinguishing clearly enough between right and wrong, Reinhard Veser concludes in the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "There were calls for understanding for the [Russian] aggressor and the victims were accused of having started the war. Among many citizens this stance was clearly the result of resentment against the EU and alienation from their own political system - after all, the conflict was ignited by the question of whether Ukraine should orient itself westwards or not. ... The Europeans must find a way to coexist constructively with this Russia as it is and is likely to remain for the foreseeable future and, if possible, also to cooperate with it without jeopardising their own values or ignoring the interests of others - the Ukrainians, the Moldovans, the Georgians and the Belarusians. However this is only possible if we try to create a picture in which the many grey tones are as clearly distinguishable as possible. That also means examining the mistakes of the West on the path to the current escalation and also taking a critical view of the social developments in Ukraine."

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