Chechnya perhaps isn't the best example. They're just criminals and scum. The point I was trying to make is that Ukraine could give those province(s) in the east the same status as the Republics within Russia. It would probably keep them happy because they are autonomous enough and Kiev would be happy because it's still the same country. I think much of the reason why these people want to join Russia is the way the west interfered and the way Kiev handled the situation. They've lost faith in their government.
I'm the first to admit that they will likely never join Russia, no matter if they want it. NATO simply wouldn't allow it. So the only solution in my book is to give them the autonomy they want.
Wow.. Wow. There are so many assumptions and way broad brush generalizing in this statement. Underlining is mine. They all
criminals and scum for wanting to leave Russia? Why does that make them criminals and scum? That's a very broad brush to paint with, to call people who want nothing to do with Russia criminals and scum. I'm sure there are some criminals and what many would call scum in those who wanted to leave, but I'd say most were decent people wanting nothing more to do with Russia. If you go painting with a broad brush again, think of how it can be used against you. ie Russians are vodka swilling alcoholics who prefer KGB thugs and murderers leading them and wish a return to the glory days of totalitarian control for the great Soviet Union of Thugs and Goons. Do you find that kind of offensive? Is that accurate? No. There are some Russians who are that, but they are a small minority and not the majority by any means, so please be aware of how you are portraying possible prejudices.
It's possible that it's not necessarily for reasons the west was interfering (Russia was interfering just as much), but it seems like the majority have separatists that want to flat out -leave- Ukraine and join Russia. Even if they aren't the majority. There's always one way they can join Russia. Pick up their feet and move there. That's always an option and should be used if they want to be a part of Russia so badly. Much like those people in Alaska that wanted to take Alaska back to Russia (they had a petition up and everything, but in 4 days it only got about 17,000 signatures. Clearly if those people want to be a part of Russia, they can move there rather than having the entire state secede (which the vast majority of the population would very much oppose). And thankfully Russia has no claim to the state. It gave up all claims in-perpetuity when it sold it to the US.
How would NATO stop it? NATO isn't some large all powerful government. It couldn't stop any nation from joining Russia voluntarily. It might protest such joining, but couldn't stop it as long as there was no strong arming or use of force to make them join Russia.