My guess remains, that Putin is actually de-escalating something of a rebellion by some Russian Admirals who no doubt feel that “there’s no way we are giving up the Crimea!”
The Crimea will likely become “more” ... “independent,” and the Ukraine will not get it back.
Meanwhile, Kerry will try to take credit for the fact that the Russians have neither shot a lot of people nor blown up a lot of property.
But, if Kerry keeps yapping, he could *escalate* matters.
Putin already knows how anything more will be unpopular, on the heels of the Olympics ... among a large portion of his countrymen.
It’s up to Kerry to de-escalate Kerry, instead of looking for opportunities for Kerry to take credit.
“The Crimea will likely become more ... independent, and the Ukraine will not get it back.”
Finally, a leader who calls a spade a spade, concerning the on Maidan happenings in Kiev.
One doesn’t have to “love “ Putin , in order to recognize that he is right in his boots , he knows what he wants and what he does not and tells the things as they are. He does not try to please, but he never throws insults at other leaders as they are doing to him.
All the so-called “analysts “ pundits (we called them
“ sovietologues “ not long ago ) explain that “Putin
wants to remake the USSR” . What nonsense ! Putin does not need more land , when Russia is the largest country in the world . It needs strategic points, and no one is able to prevent him getting them.
Let me be clear : Putin does not need to annex Crimea.
It is almost certain that the Russian-speaking population of 88 % will vote Crimea to be attached to Russia in the referendum of self-determination on March 30. Which was valid for Kosovo , Ireland and Scotland, must be true for the people of Crimea. The parenthesis Krustchev ( Crimea attached to the Ukraine from 1954 to 2014 ) , will finally be closed.
I’m not sure Kerry knows what’s going to come out of Kerry’s mouth 1 second in advance. He’s basically an unintelligent person who a lot of people invested too much into before they realized how unintelligent he is. He was solidified as a power broker for the Rats when he made it onto Nixon’s list.
The Germans are “HELL NO!” to sanctions. They gave up coal powered Electric plants for ones powered by Russian Natural Gas.
Russia is a HUGE German Trade Partner, and any hiccup in gas supplies as retaliation could wreck the German Economy.
Putin is holding the cards here, and he knows it.