In the first installment of his column on European issues ignored in the American press, Maks Szwajewski discusses the Western response to Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Paul Manafort resigned last Friday after new revelations about his connection to Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine. But Yanukovych is not Manafort's first dictator, and Manafort is not Washington's first insider with dangerous international ties.
President of the Brookings Institution
Some may have thought that after Russia seized and annexed Crimea in March it would agree to a peaceful resolution of the crisis, but the Ukraine crisis has never been just about Crimea.
This war is waged with two types of weapons: deadly arms and conspiracy-fueled propaganda.
From the beginning, the Russian campaign against its neighbor Ukraine has been justified by lies.