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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 02:42 PM

8. Putin is defending Russia's interests. That's his job. His fleet is there.

I personally think the "quiet invasion" was a huge risk for little gain, but he's also proven himself very good at seeing the whole board, so I'm guessing he has a plan somewhere. He wants the ships and the port secure for Russia's use. My guess is he probably wouldn't like an all-out annexation of Bessarabia or whatever we're going to call the eastern third of Ukraine, but having his troops there already puts him in a strong position to re-negotiation the constitutional autonomy of that region.

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