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The ‘Great Game’ in Europe

Print edition : April 18, 2014

A poster with a Nazi swastika printed on a Russian flag and reading "The colours of the occupiers" in Independence Square in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, on March 12. Photo: YURY KIRNICHNY/AFP

Pro-Russian demonstrators clash with 'Maidan' supporters as they storm the regional government building in Kharkiv on March 1. Some 20,000 joined the protest against Kiev's new pro-West government after the ouster of the Kremlin-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich, and later around 300 people launched the assault on the government building. Photo: SERGEY BOBOK/AFP

Chinese President Hu Jintao ushers Russian President Vladimir Putin to the welcoming ceremony of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 5, 2012. Photo: REUTERS

A Russian Navy ship enters the harbour of Sevastopol, Crimea, on March 18. Photo: VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP

Yulia Tymoshenko. The former Ukrainian Prime Minister became a leader of the movement to overthrow the elected government. Photo: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP

In its eagerness to complete the encirclement of Russia by turning Ukraine into a forward country for positioning NATO bases, the U.S. is paving the way for fraternal genocide and ethnic cleansing. A closer strategic alliance between Russia and China may well be the one positive outcome of the Ukrainian fiasco.
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