As a child in Edinburgh I new a number of exiled Ukrainians who worked on the East Lothian farms. They made excellent vodka from the rotting pig swill potatatoes and then sang the Volga boat song.They had fought with the Germans during WWII against Stalin's Russia and could never return home. Some were sent back by that founder of human rights W Churchill and Stalin arranged to have them shot on the quay side at Odessa.
That is the backdrop to Putin's response to Merkel's Fourth Reich EU and why Putin will never trust the Prussian Merkel or the Kiev Ukranians. Its a pity our political class cannot be bothered to read their history. Thet would also learn their that it was the Red Army that defeated Hitler, not the Brits or the Yanks and liberated Auschwitz and many of the other camps. The Russians lost 40 million people which puts the Jewish losses into perspective. We don't hear much of that from the Jewish dominated BBC but I was pleased to hear one of our MPs last week pointing out the scale of Russian losses in WWII or the Great Patriotic war as the Russians called it.
Thus Putin whom like Farage I admire in some ways will never tolerate a German Empire on his borders. When Gorbachev agreed to the reunification of Germany it was on a clear verbal pledge from the Yanks that NATO would not extend further East. The Yanks broke that pledge as it was not in writing. You can scarcely blame Putin for his subsequent actions.
Don't mess with Russia is the lesson of history.The EU of course never learns. The danger is that we will be dragged into another European war by our idiotic Europhhiles whils the EU crats sit safe in their Brussels bunker.