There is support in Europe and Russia to avoid further confrontation over Ukraine, and the Russian president’s road map for the Ukrainian crisis has the same goal, Lawrence Freeman from Executive Intelligence Review Magazine told RT.
RT: The Russian President Putin asked the south-eastern regions of Ukraine to postpone the planned autonomy referendum which would take place on May 11. If the autonomy vote does get delayed, is that a sign of a potential diplomatic way forward to resolve the conflict?
Lawrence Freeman: I think President Putin is actually strategically handling the situation quite well because he knows that there are people who would like to see this conflict escalate into a major war. So he is outmaneuvering the people behind this, people around the British Empire crowd and financial crowd, and he is doing a good job of it. So this proposal by him is a way of a game avoiding a new confrontation with people that would like to have it with Russia.
RT: The US State Department still doesn’t think Russia is doing enough. What else do they expect Moscow to do?