Flagship Victory wrote:
The Mule wrote:More in the news, Russia's now officially an 'aggressor' according to PACE. Sigh...
Well, ahem, you don't take a chunk of another country and be called a saint.
Putin should have been more careful. Occupy but do not absorb. The Crimea issue is a big problem. Sanctions will not end unless Putin gives Crimea back to Ukraine. But if Putin does so, Putin would become the worst president in Russian history. Let's just say Putin is in between a rock and a hard place, because he didn't think it through and went ahead with emotions.
The US perfectly knows Putin's personality. They know he is a very emotional person. They anticipated Putin would absorb Crimea on emotions. Putin fell right into their trap. Because of this, Putin is branded as the evil Putler in the west and Russia is branded as the Third Reich in the west.
It was planned all along. Years in the making.
Israel absorbed Golan in 1982 and even today Syria and Israel are enemies because of that.
I think Crimea will be given back to Ukraine in a few years if nothing big develops between Russia and Ukraine. Yeah, Putin fell into the trap and absorbed Crimea. Now wish he hadn't because of sanctions. Putin will not give back Crimea, else his legacy would be in tattered. It would be done by the next Russian president. Again, all of this, including Putin absorbing Crimea, has been years in the making by the US. The end goal is to put a US military base in Donbas. So my guess is, after Russia gives Crimea back to Ukraine, the US would put a military base in Donbas. In the meantime, Poroshenko has to play good cop and not cause a Russia Ukraine war. You see even shelling Donetsk with heavy artillery does not draw a word from Putin anymore these days. Putin longs to normalize relations and drop sanctions more than he cares about Donetsk. This is why, in my opinion, the US's plan is so far working perfectly.
If I'm not mistaken, the US's plan is this:
1. start Maidan
2. drive out Yanu
3. Putin gets mad, absorbs Crimea
4. brand Russians evil in western media and apply sanctions
5. Putin gets cold feet
6. next Russian president gives Crimea back to Ukraine
7. says the US lied and sanctions stay in place and builds US military base in Donbas
8. US wins Russia loses big time
Since when has the US kept promise? The US promised not to expand NATO after the USSR is split. The US lied and expanded NATO to Russia's border.