(04-23-2014, 05:24 PM)JayRodney Wrote:(04-23-2014, 04:40 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:(04-23-2014, 03:54 PM)JayRodney Wrote: History being taken into account, I believe a hands off policy by the US and NATO would be wise, but the bully club gathering is a little unnerving.
It's more like Putin and his Parliament are the bullies, but it seems the sanctions are causing economic problems for Russians, so let's see just how far NATO can take this with the pro-Russians hold up in those gov't buildings.
What I meant was Crimea was part of Russia for a very long time. Being mostly Russian, in terms of language and history, they held a referendum and decided to rejoin.
They did so of their own free will.
The pro-Russians occupying gov't buildings in the Ukraine is a separate issue, at least the way I see it.
I believe the Russians should pressure them to leave, but as far as I know, it's not Russian troops.
I don't know that anyone has a real good handle on this, and before shots are fired and bombs dropped, I hope both sides will strive for a diplomatic solution.
The US spent years in two wars they should have never been involved in, I'm tired of watching the same mistakes over and over.
Quote:In 1954, the Soviet Crimean Oblast was transferred from Russia to Ukraine. It became the Autonomous Republic of Crimea within newly independent Ukraine in 1991, with Sevastopol having its own administration within Ukraine but outside of the Autonomous Republic.
Sovereignty and control of the peninsula became the subject of the ongoing 2014 Crimean crisis, a territorial dispute between Russia and Ukraine.
Nobody really has a good handle on this because of confusing past history and from the above quote it looks like Crimea was within Ukraine's administration up until recently when Putin and his Parliament decided that they wanted the land for the benefit of Russia. The way Putin and his Parliament handled this is very underhanded and self-serving IMO.
As for pro-Russians in the remaining Ukraine, I heard on the radio news that they are a 6% of the entire population there and most believe that they are indeed Russian troops hold up in those buildings.
If the members of NATO feel it necessary to show strength and solidarity, then I am sure there are very good reasons. To end this, I think NATO should extinquish the pro-Russian protest or at least prove they are not Russian troops, by giving them amnesty and shipping their asses to Putin.