Russia has no interest in provoking Europe and the crisis will likely recede.
The problem was for us Crimea was not a hill to die on but for Russia it has centuries of resonance for it on all levels.
And Russia was willing to pay the price in terms of Western disapproval and sanctions to acquire it. The Russian elite does not care if they can’t vacation in Florida this summer.
Our influence on Russia is zero and the new additional sanctions don’t bite deep enough to do it real damage.
That's what my gut is telling me, but we should be vigilant and start coming up with a plan to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian oil and gas.
No more than the Rhineland was in 1936....And there was NOBODY, that would have been willing to go to war with Germany back then over the Rhineland.
“The Russian elite does not care if they cant vacation in Florida this summer.”
They can go to Cuba just as easily.