July 22, 2014

No More Frozen Conflicts

Svante Cornell, The American Interest

The Associated Press

What Vladimir Putin has done in eastern Ukraine follows the typical Russian playbook used in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria. Countries that tried to break away from Russia’s dominance—Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Moldova—faced massive direct or indirect Russian support for minority groups trying break away from them. These countries were all crippled virtually at birth, ensuring constant instability and preventing them from focusing on developing their economies and turning into functioning democracies.

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TAGGED: Ukraine, Russia, Vladimir Putin

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