NATO and Russia...
The world media of geopolitics is laced with propaganda on either side of this equation. Certain narratives are ignored and others assumed to be one-sided in nature. The view of this website is that diplomacy and talks are preferred over unilateral actions. Based on the evidence below, it seems the EU and US refused to engage in diplomacy with Russia, which then caused Russia to respond with unilateral decisions that led to warfare. This is not a case of one side being entirely to blame for pointless death and involuntary surrender of terrority.
|West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside'↗ ▵|
2012.02.22 — Finnish ambassador Martti Ahtisaari held talks with envoys from the five permanent members of the UN security council. Russian ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, laid out a three-point plan, which included a proposal for Assad to cede power at some point after peace talks had started between the regime and the opposition. The US, Britain and France were convinced that the Syrian dictator was about to fall, and ignored the proposal.
|EU–Ukraine Association Agreement↗ ▵ Victoria Nuland: ‘Fuck the EU’↗ ▵|
2013.11.29 — President Yanukovych proposed starting three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine, and the EU. He recognized the threat of Russia taking Crimea, as the agreement discussed cooperation on security and foreign policy. But the EU rejected trilateral talks. This failure of diplomacy resulted in the acute removal of the Ukrainian president, which prompted Russia to respond with its own way of securing their interests.
China and the US...
The image below speaks for itself, really.