This refers to the article, “Why Russia needs Crimea” (March 17). The Cold War seems to be reviving itself. Trying to force a solution when two regions of a country have diametrically opposite views could only aggravate the issue. One can draw an analogy between the Ukrainian crisis and the one in Andhra Pradesh when the Central government announced the bifurcation plan.

The people of Telangana and Seemandhra had diametrically opposite views on the bifurcation issue, but the UPA government forced the solution. Solutions of this kind will only set a bad precedent.

B. Vishnu Theja Reddy, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh

The landmark voting in favour of Russia may induce another Cold War. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the rise of China and the involvement of the EU as another front.

Ashish Panwar, Panipat, Haryana

One need not be surprised over the Russian concern for Crimea. When a former Soviet bloc country seeks to join a NATO alliance, it is bound to make Russia nervous as it is a move that might compromise its security.

K.H. Das, Bangalore

The possibility of a mass upheaval on the lines of the Arab Spring has been a disconcerting thought for Russia, as any turbulence in the region could invariably attract unwelcome intervention by the U.S. which only revels in playing the role of the world’s policeman. Russia’s move is clearly an act of pre-empting the echoing of dissenting and pro-democracy voices in Eastern Europe.

Sreeram R.S., Thiruvananthapuram

Russia’s urge to expand its territory and regain its fading supremacy has only brought the world closer to reviving the Cold War. It is obvious that America would want to do anything to stop the growth of its rival. Powerful nations will always exploit smaller countries for their vested interests. The need of the hour is for developing and underdeveloped nations to come together and take a vocal stand on such issues.

Tariq Zyad, New Delhi

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