Source: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 9
Many in the US are already calling for arming Ukraine as a deterrent to Russia…. But Russia’s belligerency and appalling behaviour should not permit Western hardliners to gain control of the policy debate. Hardline approaches brought expanded conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, leading to plenty of deaths but not to meaningful political or economic solutions in the affected countries.
Both Russia and the West have played fast and loose with international law in recent years. The West violated national sovereignty in Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Russia is now playing the same card with shocking brazenness in its own neighbourhood, often justifying its actions by pointing to Western precedents….
But Russia’s true long-term interests lie in multilateralism, integration into the world economy, and the international rule of law. Putin’s current path is strewn with grave hazards. He is undermining Russia’s economic prospects, while confronting the world with a growing threat of war.
Jeffrey Sachs, economist and U.N. special adviser