Ukraine: Putin’s choice

Will he stop at Crimea, or push further into the country?

G20 Russia Photo
Russian President Vladimir Putin with other leaders at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg in September 2013.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 03/19/2014 11:49 pm EDT

Crimea is going to be part of Russia, and there is nothing anybody else can do about it. The petty sanctions that the United States and the European Union are currently imposing have been discounted in advance by Moscow, and even much more serious sanctions would not move it to reconsider its actions. But Vladimir Putin still has to decide what he does next.

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