It must have been MIND blowing when the curtain fell and the internet really picked up, and theese Russians learned that their govt had been lying for them and their parents for the major part of the 20th century.
I don't doubt that denying it is alot easier, just as getting ruled by a dictator and take orders, is easier than building a democratic society.
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The problem with it is that it was a recipe crafted to break Ukraine up. Those regions would have had their autonomy and they'd have Putoins cronies in charge by virtue of the armed volunteers who taken charge of the areas. They'd make deals with Russia, and tell Kiev where to go.And in country as divided as Ukraine that seemed like the only solution that could keep it together.
And why should Putin care? Annexing Crimea, money drain that it is, gives him all those Black Sea mineral rights he's been trying to get for years. Stirring up trouble in Donetsk and Luhansk simply keeps Kiev busy.
The observers who were kept out of the penninsula by the little green men? The men who Putin told the world weren't Russian soldiers until he went on TV and said they were? The referendum with a 93% In favor rate, a rate not even God could achieve in a fair contest? In a referendum boycotted by huge sections of the Crimean population? A referendum rushed through and overseen by a government who had seized power by the gun and support from the Russian military? A military whose armed presence was ever pervavsive on election day? A referendum which offered biased questions, little chance or opportunity for debate and where those saying no were "encouraged" to stay away.No observers said that elections were rigged, nor are there any reasons to consider them rigged. If Crimea is illegal then so does Kosovo.
Crimeas so called referendum was a rigged contest organised by Russian cronies, supported by the Russian military, and vouched for by Russian political officers. In a land where two thirds opposed unification with Russia just a month or so previously.
Russia agreed to recognise the borders of Ukraine. It did so by occupying Crimea and staging a rigged referendum. A nice new tactics....send in its own thugs to take over and browbeat the local population, then have those same thugs use a local mouthpiece to declare independence and use that as an excuse to send in the troops and arrange a rigged referendum to make it look all nice and cosy.And treaty was about completely different matters.
Why does Russia get to dictate what Ukraine does?Except we SAID many times how we would accept "stronger ties with EU"
If you didn't want free trade, you shouldn't have joined. Putins decision to strip food away from his people won't really hurt Europes farmers that much. But it will affect thoose in Russia.Those sanctions are just excuse to set up trade barriers that were undermined by our accession into WTO. Nothing to do with "hurting your own people".
And he's getting a price from the Chinese that's barely more than it costs to produce it. That isn't a huge foreign poilicy success. That's China driving a very hard bargain and him taking what he could get.It's multi-year project that among other things will allow to provide gas to multiple Russian settlements along the way and expand surrounding infrastructure. It's not just a "pipe to transport gas", it's huge project with many benefits.
I'll copy paste for you.
Don’t forget China’s claims on Russia
However, there is one more territorial claim, which China currently keeps on the back burner. It is against – who else? – Mother Russia herself. During the age of European colonial expansion, the Celestial Empire (China) was effectively dominated by the European powers. However, it was never carved up the way other countries and continents were.
With one exception: In the 19th century, China was forced to cede the Far East and parts of Siberia to Russia. During the 1960s and early 1970s, there were border tensions and even a number of armed clashes between China and the Soviet Union.
Small parts of Russian territory were then quietly ceded to China — and more recently, the two agreed to accept the current borders — but China believes much larger chunks of what is now Russia rightfully belong to Russia.
As if to settle these broader claims by osmosis, Chinese settlers have been steadily moving into Russia’s remote, economically depressed and underpopulated regions.
Stupid Russia, patient China
By asserting its historic sovereignty over Crimea, Russia has set a dangerous precedent for the Chinese as they look wistfully over their northern border. Those vast empty spaces of Russia’s Far East, full of all kinds of natural resources, are what China’s booming economy craves. And now its citizens live there too, much like ex-Soviet Russians residing in Crimea.
Russia not so long ago agreed to preserve and defend Ukraine’s existing borders. Breaking that agreement in a moment of opportunity creates a precedent for other countries with alternative border preferences, including China, to follow suit if the relevant opportunities arise.
True, Beijing will bide its time and will not do anything precipitous or unlawful. But when the time comes, it will not hesitate to re-assert its claims – and Russia will have no one to blame but Putin for providing a convenient excuse for a land grab, in the form of a powerful precedent in Crimea.
God, you really dont get it do you? if Russians are ok with a Russian invasion into Crimea, how could they possible take a morale stance if china decided to do the same in Siberia? is it that hard to figure out? geesh.
haha, predictable answer.
I'm sure China will claim the same thing, because in Russia it's not an invasion when you put your soldiers on foreign soil.
Russia is not Imperialistic by definition. Because Russia doesn't take territories, it takes their own people back. They just so happen to be tied to territories, ex-Russian territories, while we are at it. West is Imperialistic though. It wants to take that that isn't theirs to begin with. EU expansion is Imperialistic, NATO expansion is Imperialistic. ...Soviet Union is the same thing as EU (European Union). I really don't understand the joke.
Anyhow, this article is quite interesting regarding the challenges Russia face, not sure why their focus is on Ukraine, when bigger issues seem to arise, I guess they gave up already.