A peace plan for Ukraine - What does it take to let reason prevail? By Anatol Lieven, originally published in The Globalist March 5, 2014
* Ukraine is too dysfunctional and too deeply divided to join the European Union in any rationally foreseeable future.
* Many Ukrainians will fight to death to prevent Ukraine joining a Russian-dominated economic and political bloc.
* The UN is the only organization which retains enough respect on both sides to bring about serious negotiations.
* There should be a five-year moratorium on offering Ukraine accession to the Eurasian Union, the EU or NATO.
* A UN-sponsored peace plan is the only surefire way to prevent a war that neither Kiev nor Moscow desires.
Whenever he was faced with political crises with great risks and small gains, the U.S. statesman Robert A. Lovett is supposed to have exclaimed, "Forget the cheese — let's get out of the trap."
In the present Ukrainian crisis, the original cheese at stake between Russia and the West — and a pretty mouldy, rat-nibbled one — was the issue of Ukrainian accession to competing Western or Russian alliances.
This goal is now impossible for both Russia and the West. Read more on the next page