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KIEV, Ukraine — For 18 years now the countries along the border with the former Soviet Union have cherished their democracies, all made possible from the simple premise that the days of Russian dominance were over.
The events in Georgia over the past week have made them rethink that idea. Poland announced Thursday that it had reached a deal to base American missile interceptors on its territory, after months of talks. But then a Russian general went so far as to say that Poland might draw Russian retaliation, sending new shudders through the region.
The sense of alarm may be greatest in Ukraine. Since the Orange Revolution in 2004, when the pro-Western Viktor A. Yushchenko came to power after widespread protests, Ukraine has been a thorn in Moscow’s side, though perhaps not as sharp as the outspoken Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili.
“We’re the next,” said Tanya Mydruk, 22, an office assistant who lives in Kiev, the capital. “Sooner or later our president is going to say or do something that goes too far and then it will start.”
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Originally posted by sty
an interesting link here : Rank Order - GDP (purchasing power parity) below
so, the GDP of Russia is 7 times smaller than the one of EU or US , regardless of the large reserves of energy etc.
and here is the list with the Military expenditures - percent of GDP
according to my calculations, US spends almost 7x times more money on Military than Russia. I guess this says something about the capacity of EU and US to adapt their industry if necessary..