Crimea: The Revenge Of Geography?

Putin is for the moment in a strong position in Ukraine because Ukraine simply matters to him more than it matters to the United States or even to Europe. And it matters more to him because of geography. Ukraine, for all the familiar reasons, is central to the destiny of European Russia, to Russia’s history and identity and particularly to Russia’s access to the warm waters of the Mediterranean via the Black Sea. And because Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is based on the Crimean Peninsula, Putin feels he cannot just stand by and watch his fleet become subject to an emerging, overtly pro-Western state in Ukraine.

via Crimea: The Revenge Of Geography?.

Crimea: The Revenge Of Geography?

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