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  •  I think if the Russians want Crimea so much (5+ / 0-)

    They should pony up some cash for it on top of the referendum.

    Even at $150 billion bucks or so, it would be a steal...and one could accuse Putin of stealing it.

    That's a kind of cash that the Russians could (cough) suggest the West help with respect to financing terms...because that's going to have to happen as Russia isn't particularly flush with cash.

    So... say a deal comes through.

    1. The Russians can say they paid full sticker price
    2. The West grumbles and breaks out the checkbook
    3. Russia pays goods-in-kind for the next 20 years in form of seriously discounted natural gas
    4. Because low prices, move to alternatives slows down which pleases not just Russia but other exporters of carbon
    5. not coincidentally, it quashes profit motive to exploit the worst/most marginal sources of fuel like tar sands and shale
    6. That kind of sticks it to the Americans and Canadians that little bit more (rather the Ones Who Currently Matter)
    7. Ukraine gets in the clear financially, has resources to get its crap together without violence or enabling of factions that like to get their violence on
    8. One big and easy concession - ditch the Must Speak Ukrainian proviso. Russia as second official language. That way, Russia gets a wider blue ribbon to pin on its chest
    9. Tweak to plan: Less cash and gas and promises change hands but Russians get freer hand moving military in and out of Crimea.
    10. NATO will probably have to accept Ukraine status as buffer state, could argue for fortifying basing in safeguard the region from future neofascist (sic?) threats. The Poles are credible watchdogs in this respect AND diligent emerging rivals to Russia.

    Probably left something out..or covered previously-covered ground. I kinda went at it just now.

    •  That doesn't help the Tatars or prevent them from (0+ / 0-)

      going Dagestan/Chechnya on Russian ethnics.

      Adding support for a right of return for Crimean Tatars would probably help.

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:32:33 PM PST

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