Kyiv Security Forum

Comparing Crimea, Balkans situations incorrect, The Economist reporter says

11 April 2014, 18:41

Tim Judah, reporter of The Economist, a British weekly, who specializes in the Balkans situation, believes that comparing annexation of Crimea with declaration of Kosovo’s independence is incorrect, as he stated during the 7th Kyiv Security Forum.

As the journalist pointed out, despite popularity of such comparison, residents of the Balkans themselves often don’t know what state Crimea belonged to prior to the present crisis whereas the Crimean residents are not familiar with the conflict in the Balkans. ‘This unawareness has its consequences. We hear how these superficial comparisons are made. In the year 2014 – in the age of globalization and the Internet – we see these weak arguments that confuse people instead of sensitizing them’, Judah said.

The reporter noted that even such world leaders as the presidents of Russia and the U.S. are sometimes inaccurate in their sayings on this subject. However, according to him, Crimea and Kosovo may not be compared at least because the Kosovo events were preceded by a massacre.

‘Certain similarities exist – I speak here about the need to avoid mistakes’, Judah explained. At the same time, describing the difference between the two situations, he added: ‘As a matter of fact, Milosevic never made any attempt to annex Bosnia and Serbia. That’s why this situation (in Crimea) looks absolutely different than in the Balkans’.


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