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    unfangus

    Well researched, thanks for the effort.

    I do not see Russia backing down and handing Crimea back to Ukraine simply because of sanctions or for any other reason.

    One, the majority Russian ethnic population.

    Two, it's planting a flag for the West about NATO expansion into what it sees as its sphere of influence.

    Whether or not the second proves to be effective is another matter, but it's clear Putin will not budge and if anyone tries to force this on Russia/Crimea even after Putin leaves the scene it would become a bloody mess.

    Pretty much fait accompli.

    The more important and immediate task for the West is to get Russia to back away from the rest of Ukraine, and I'm pretty sure that has already been accomplished as well.

    Let Putin build a bridge is he cares to.

    No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

    by koNko on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:38:06 AM PDT

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