Kiev: A 'circus' (at gunpoint)
The world needs a strong Russia. What comes after Obama? Possibly a swing to the right. Another Bush? Worse? The world needs a counterweight, and rightly or wrongly Russia is all we currently have. Putin may well be a 'strongman', or even a 'thug'. However without him/Russia where exactly would we be today? Boots on the ground in Syria? Iran? It's not black and white, good versus evil. Do we need to always point that out?
Kiev has appealed to the international community not to recognise the result of the vote, which interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk described as a "circus" carried out at gunpoint. Link