March 14, 2014

Let Georgia Be a Lesson for Ukraine

Mikheil Saakashvili, The Guardian

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Crimeans vote tomorrow in an illegal "referendum" which will lock them into Russia's embrace. After this vote, and the takeover by Russian troops of the southern Ukraine peninsula, Vladimir Putin will claim he has legal justification for further military build-up and direct armed attack. How do I know? Because of the many painful parallels and lessons from Georgia in 2008.

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TAGGED: Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia, Russia, Crimea, Vladimir Putin, Ukraine

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