Skip to comments.Is Crimea gone? Annexation no longer the focus of Ukraine crisis
Posted on 04/01/2014 11:00:53 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
Washington (CNN) -- In diplomacy, like in sales, success often depends on making your adversaries believe they proposed the result you wanted.
By that measure, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have closed the sale on annexing Crimea from Ukraine. On Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the region that Moscow now claims over international protests, while Russia also said it was withdrawing a battalion of infantry troops from the tens of thousands deployed near the border with eastern Ukraine.
Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts focus on defusing the immediate threat of armed conflict and setting up a negotiating process, rather than necessarily reversing the Crimean annexation.
As tension climbed, Putin called President Barack Obama last Friday and the two leaders agreed that their top diplomats would try to find an opening for negotiations on resolving the crisis.
In four hours of talks on Sunday in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov focused on easing the border tension and working out a formula for a negotiating process that includes the Ukraine government.
Afterward, Kerry told reporters that both governments agreed on the need for a diplomatic solution, and that the goal for now was de-escalating the crisis to allow for further talks.
However, he never directly mentioned Crimea or its annexation and he didn't repeat an earlier U.S. demand that Russian troops leave Crimea.
A variety of outcomes remain possible, ranging from further Russian military incursions in other ethnic-Russian strongholds in the region to a negotiated political agreement in which Ukraine adopts a new constitution and holds new elections -- almost certainly minus Crimea.
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It was gone the day after it happened.
Yep, Crimea is gone. We knew that from the beginning - just knowing the two players, Obama and Putin!
On to the next grab.
The Crimea was Putin’s original goal. All his blabber about Ukraine was to distract the West. Putin then grabbed the Crimea and pretended he “backed down” over Ukraine, allowing the cowards like Obama to claim they forced Putin to back down.
The real question now is “what next?” I have “Estonia” in the pool (not the rest of Ukraine).
Is Crimea gone? Man,,, not much gets by those guys at CNN. I understand their Sochi Olympic coverage will begin next week.
I’ll take Eastern Ukraine for $5.00
All Obama’s horses and all Obama’s men couldn’t put the genie back in the bottle again... Or something like that.
The process of reunification continues in Russia, and nothing the US or EU can do will stop it.
Just as soon as their five-star hotels are ready.
It meets the necessary criteria...Ethnic Russians.
I would get a good laugh if one day soon, a Russian Sub appears off of Brighton Beach, New York City to rescue those Ethnic Russians. What would Obama do? What would NATO do?
Play another 18 holes, I reckon.
There are only about 30,000 ethnic Russians in Finland out of a population of more than 5 million, so the excuse Putin used to justify the annexation of Crimea (to protect his fellow Russians) won’t work.
Its gone-—get over it. Putin will never let it go now.
Its gone and its not coming back.
Kerry’s words from his last meeting with Lavrov show that Crimea already belongs to Russia and not being challenged by US. None of the commentaries after this meeting mentioned Crimea..
So despite the verbal jargon that the annexation of Crimea by Russia won’t be recognized...it’s already been recognized ‘by the US Administration’....it wasn’t the focus of the of the Lavrov-Kerry discussions......neither are the troops on the border.
A ceremony was held at the West Qurna-2 field marking the start of commercial production.........Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy said he expected output to reach some 100,000 barrels per day by the start of April......plans for production to reach some 420,000 barrels daily by the end of this year.
I had written this (part of a longer post) on Monday:
....My view is that Russia will be pulling the South Ossetia/Crimea move every 4-5 years. As it goes stronger, and the US (depending on leadership) weaker, it will move from the 'Georgias' to the 'Ukraines.' It will pick up breakaway regions (Moldova will lose something soon ...although Transnistria is technically lost). The West will do nothing ....much. For example, the talks going on now have assumed Crimea is a part of Russia. That is not under discussion, just that Russia leave Eastern Ukraine.
Sanctions will be lifted in a week, Europe will breath a sigh of relief, Russia will smile, and Kerry and Obama will claim victory. Similar to the Georgia situation ...without Kerry and Obama to smirk. In essence, gain land, get hit with sanctions for a few weeks, threaten escalation, the West has talks to de escalate the situation, Russia agrees, every one is happy and says Russia has withdrawn, and Russia withdraws with the new territory that got ignored during the talks.
If that is losing it is a great thing Russia is not winning.
....America needs stronger leadership, or this will repeat again in 4 years. Only difference is China may also get on that choochoo train.
Am still wondering if this was an agreement made before obama’s reelection and this was not something obama and his minions wanted to take credit for in giving away Crimea. If was an agreement between obama and putin, prior to the election, wonder how Europe is thinking and if they have actual intelligence of this was going to take place?