Pro-Russian self-defence units captured Ukraine's military bases after the annexation of Crimea (photo: dpa)

Crimea may be stepping stone to Russia’s grand plan

The West’s response to Russia’s moves in Crimea are widely regarded as weakness by Russian foreign policy experts. They perceive that Europe would not impose sanctions which damage its own economies and see Russian President Vladimir Putin as pursuing his Eurasian Union strategy and Ukraine as the key to achieving this.

<i>America and the European Union have denounced Russia for using force to re-draw European boundaries, for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, its constitution and breaking international law. Russia, by formally admitting Crimea into the Russian Federation, has annexed territory for the first time since the Second World War and undermined...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
Given the astounding lack of strategic foresight in American and European governments, the question remains what drives the Russian president’s policies and is the annexation of Crimea the end of his strategic ambitions?
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