Holding that many assets active in place is very expensive. Putin probably has a timetable.
The U.S. will soon say that Kosovo independence must be overturned?
Because when Albanians desired independence, the West said that Albanain desire for independence trumped Serbia’s right to territorial sovereignty. Now that Crimeans desire independence (and 58% of Crimeans are Russian) surely the West will say that Crimean desire (or Eastern Ukranian desire for independence for Western Ukraine) will trump Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty. Surely...
Ukraine is a deadbeat country that can’t pay its gas bills even at 50 % discount. Not a country to go to war over.
The nineties are calling, they want their Kenyan goofball back.