Walesa cried at Yeltsin's funeral but those that mocked Reagan also mocked Yeltsin. Chinese interests in the Clinton administration made sure Russia's requests to join EU, NATO and WTO were rejected. If Yeltsin had asked
Ukraine to join Russia, they would have: This is all about methods and personality and not ethnicity. The Russian military leaders depended on Ba'athis arms sales for their living after the soviet collapse, so when Bush looked into Putin's soul, they objected and according to Georges Sada, secreted Saddam's WMD in fellow Ba'athist Syria. The deep state (Praetorian Guard, inertia, bureaucracy) is much worse in states other than the USA. The Russian military leadership is so corrupt, they have been clumsily brutal, making Ukrainians hate them so much they could never be subdued even if there was a military victory. Dependence on Wagner shows the breakdown of Russia into a confederation of feudal warlord oligarchs, with China eager to retake Siberia, Sweden Petrograd and Poland Ukraine.
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