I have the feeling it's incredibly hard next to impossible for the Russian side and for the supporters of Putin to ever admit there has been done anything wrong. One can see this here clearly I think. To be blunt: I think it's not okay to send troops, to hasten a vote, to intimidate people living there, to threat by force. Even if you don't like the current political developments in your neighbour country it's still wrong and it shows a willingsness to use force that is so strong that is also poses an international risk.
Fine, let's be blunt. Do we have a solid confirmation there were Russian troops (besides the Black Sea Navy of course) in Crimea? I somehow missed it with all the "they have Russian gear, speak Russian, so they are Russian soldiers". It's good they didn't have western gear and didn't speak English, I guess, 'cause that would be just too much for everyone to take.
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And because appeasement just doesn't work my fear of what else Putin might do once he sees he can get away with it is stronger than my fear of losing personal wealth now and I'm not alone.
I guess sanctions will come and we all will have to pay the price and if others get hit hard we will have to support them because having partners in the world is a good thing.
I could ask the same: Russians which get hid by economical hardships could as well make their government responsible. I already said that I think democracy in Russia is quite dysfunctional, so unhappiness might just get ignored, but still Putin needs some kind of support for sure. And all that for a bit of land which wasn't in immediate danger and where Russians can go anyway for holiday even if it is not part of the country right now, even if the constitution of 1992 is not reinstated and where you can be sure that taking it by force is not something others are going to like.
How should I put it... there are those who support his politics, there are those who oppose it. Just as usual. The reasoning behind the decisions he makes is probably known to a limited group of people, and I'm not one of them. I won't tell how I feel about it, but let me tell you one thing I'm sure of: Putin is no fool. And the situation might still turn out in all kinds of very interesting ways.
From a power play perspective it might work: Russia is small, not geographical but by population and economics. The rest of the world probably needs it less than it needing the rest of the world.
I see here two assumptions that I do not understand: 1) "the rest of the world" (which is not Russia, I assume) is EU+USA+Turkey; 2) only the West will be able to compensate (even if partially) for the damage done to its economy by the sanctions.
Would you kindly elaborate?
It probably has become clear that I don't have a very high opinion of the current (and long time) Russian government and his leader. Unfortunately the relations between Russia and the West seems to be in a downward spirale with no good options for a positive exit.
So to summarize: I fear Putin. I'm convinced he is not doing justice here, just taking what he can and by using force he is a threat, because of the size of Russia, an international threat. I rather chosenot to appease than to appease him this time, but of course anything can go wrong in the future. So I'm frightened even more. All in all economical sanctions seem like the more safe strategy. It will create clear sides, which of course is nonsense because there are never clear sides. But it tells Putin that this game is not only played by himself. Maybe this is enough to make him stop playing and search for possible agreements. I hope for that.
Enjoy it. Tell us Russian government's everything you despise. That they're the personification of evil. That they're what- responsible for the breakdown of the world order. That Putin's a one-man genocide. Say everything you want to say now. Because this won't last long. (Yes, I do like that movie.)