I was sorry to read an article my an old friend Miguel Angel Moratinos, the former Spanish foreign minister, arguing that there were similarities between Crimea and Kosovo. I sent him a copy of my FT Letter of 13 March.
No comparison with Kosovo
Sir, There is no comparison between Kosovo and Crimea. (Letters, March 11). Kosovo faced years of brutal, sometimes murderous oppression. A short liberation war was fought and won with western help and Russian forbearance. Kosovo is bilingual and multiconfessional. Kosovo waited eight years after leaving Serb rule before declaring independence. More than 100 states have diplomatic relations with Kosovo. The EU works with Kosovo treating it as an independent state.
None of the above applies to Crimea.
Denis MacShane, London SW1, UK