March 12, 2014

How Putin Can Use Crimea

Nikolas Gvosdev, The National Interest

The Associated Press

Conventional wisdom has concluded that Vladimir Putin, having "lost" Ukraine, has decided to break off the Crimean peninsula as his fallback plan—a view reinforced by the warm endorsement of the upper house of the Russian legislature to the idea that Crimea should be able to leave Ukraine and join Russia if a majority of its residents so indicate in the forthcoming referendum. I may be wrong, but I have my doubts that this is the preferred option.

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TAGGED: Ukraine, Russia, Crimea, Vladimir Putin


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