The Putin Factor: Russia, America and the Geopolitics of Ukraine | The Battle for Ukraine | FRONTLINE | PBS

The Putin Factor: Russia, America and the Geopolitics of Ukraine | The Battle for Ukraine | FRONTLINE | PBS.

[Putin’s] strategy on Ukraine has changed radically in the last several months. When I was ambassador, for instance, it was very clear to me and to our government watching this, that his main foreign policy objective for the region was to establish and strengthen something called the Eurasian Economic Union. This was his answer to the [European Union]. This was his way that Russia was going to be the economic hegemon of an economic region. Whether it was coercive or cooperative that’s a matter of dispute, but that was most certainly his focus. And key to making the Eurasian Economic Union viable was to have Ukraine as a member, and all of Ukraine not just Crimea. …

An interview with the former US Ambassador to Russia.

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“Crimea and Punishment”

“Crimea and Punishment”: Comments on the Media Coverage of the Recent Events in Crimea | GeoCurrents.

“For a long time now, it’s been possible to foresee that this rabid hatred, being fired up in the West against Russia more and more with each passing year, would some day explode. This moment is upon us… The entire West came to show its denial of Russia and to block her path to the future,” wrote Fyodor Tyutchev, famous Russian poet and a militant Panslavist, in 1854 as the Crimean War was raging. 

 

Insightful article on Putin’s grasping for power, with lots of history thrown in for good measure.

Source: http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/crimea-punishment-comments-media-coverage-recent-events-crimea#ixzz2v38mb3AU

What lies behind Putin’s moves in Ukraine | Opinion | McClatchy DC

 

What lies behind Putin’s moves in Ukraine | Opinion | McClatchyDC.

An analysis of Putin’s move into Ukraine from an Eastern European.

[ ] his calculation of the costs of invading Crimea needs also to be understood as a move for his personal political survival.

The same street demonstrations that filled the Moscow streets after Putin’s reelection in 2012 were just getting warmed up to hit the streets again following the effective anti-Yanukovych actions throughout Ukraine. During this time of international crisis, Russian internal dissent will not be brooked.

Putin’s calculation is cold and clear. Muscovites and other Russians clearly understand that if Putin is willing to strike at others across borders, just imagine what he is willing to do back home.

 

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