Skip to comments.C'mon baby, light my (Crimean) fire
Posted on 03/09/2014 8:18:09 PM PDT by Lorianne
March 16 is C Day. The Crimean parliament - by 78 votes with 8 abstentions - decided this is the day when Crimean voters will choose between joining the Russian Federation or to remain part of Ukraine as an autonomous region with very strong powers, according to the 1992 constitution.
Whatever "diplomatic" tantrums Washington and Brussels will keep pulling, and they will be incandescent, facts on the ground speak for themselves. The city council of Sevastopol - the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea fleet - has already voted to join Russia. And next week the Duma in Moscow will study a bill to simplify the mechanism of adhesion.
Quick recap: this is a direct result of Washington spending US$5 billion - a Victoria "F**k the EU" Nuland official figure - to promote regime change in Ukraine. On the horizon, Crimea may be incorporated into Russia for free, while the "West" absorbs that bankrupt back-of-beyond (Western Ukraine) that an Asia Times Online reader indelibly described as the "Khaganate of Nulands" (an amalgam of khanate, Victoria's notorious neo-con husband Robert Kagan, and no man's land).
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So independence is not an option?
I wonder if Russia and Crimea have done cost/benefit analysis.
Russia will need to spend billions of roubles to upgrade Crimea’s infrastructure, create jobs and raise the standard of living.
Ukraine is bankrupt. Pocketbook issues even more than nationalism, will woo Crimean voters into joining Russia. Its the promise of a better future.
Kiev would have a chance if it could dangle billions in front of Simferopol. It doesn’t have that leverage. Ukraine’s new rulers have forgotten money buys loyalty far more than appeal to sentiment.
Maybe Ukraine is bankrupt because Russia helped them get that way. Russia doesn't seem too happy that the Ukraine was trying to do something about it.
“Russia will need to spend billions of roubles to upgrade Crimeas infrastructure, create jobs and raise the standard of living.”......
WHAT? They recruited odumbo to come fix their problems once he is no longer POTUS? God save them!