Tag: Crimean annexation

Putin Will Never Agree to The Deal Thomas Graham Suggests He Wants, Portnikov Says

January 5, 2017

Vladimir Putin has no interest in the deal Thomas Graham suggests he now wants, Vitaly Portnikov says; and consequently, if Washington pursues the course the former US diplomat and current Kissinger Associate advisor proposes, it will only embarrass itself.

Few in Crimea of Any Nationality Now View Themselves as Russian Patriots, Polls Show and Officials Concede

June 29, 2015

Staunton, June 28 – Many of the hopes that some Russians in Crimea had for their homeland after the Russian Anschluss have not been realized, and as a result, polls show, and occupation officials concede, that “the majority of young Crimeans” regardless of nationality “do not consider themselves to be patriots of Russia.” In Novyye […]

No Referendum is Going to Resolve the Crimean Issue, Illarionov Says

June 6, 2015

Staunton, June 6 – Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, like many others in Russia and abroad, says that referenda both past and future are the only basis for resolving the conflict over Crimea and that earlier votes in the Saarland provide a useful analogy on how to proceed. But Russian commentator Andrey Illarionov says that […]

Moscow’s Actions Mean Soon There Will Be No Crimea to Return to Ukraine Peacefully or Otherwise

June 2, 2015

Staunton, June 1 – Many Ukrainians and their supporters abroad talk about the possibility of the peaceful return of Crimea to Ukrainian control at some point in the future, but such talk, while possibly understandable ignores the fact that Moscow is changing Crimea so dramatically that there will soon be no Crimea to return, according […]

Russia Now in ‘a State of War for Survival with the US,’ Russia Today Commentator Says

May 26, 2015

Staunton, May 23 – Rostislav Ishchenko, a commentator for Russia Today who gained notoriety for arguing that Moscow should “preventively occupy” the Baltic countries, says that Russia today “is in a state of war with the United States and that each of its citizens is on the front lines regardless of whether he is fighting […]

West Caving on Crimea But Kyiv Can Ultimately Get It Back, Piontkovsky Says

Staunton, May 23 – The West appears to have accepted the deal Vladimir Putin has been offering the last month, agreeing not to challenge Russia’s annexation of Crimea de facto in exchange for the Kremlin leader’s declaration that he will recognize the territorial integrity of the rest of Ukraine and not expand his campaign against […]

On This May 18, We Must All Become Crimean Tatars

May 18, 2015

Staunton, May 18 – Adolf Hitler reportedly was confident he’d get away with killing the Jews because “no one talks about the Armenians anymore.” Tragically, Vladimir Putin now is even more confident he’ll get away with his “hyphenated” genocide of the Crimean Tatars because few are willing even to raise the issue of his Anschluss […]

Russia Update: Accident on Druzhba Oil Pipeline between Russia and Belarus

April 27, 2015

Russian oligarch Gennady Timchenko is reportedly selling his shares in Stroygaztrans to another engineering company ARKS, which may be involved in construction of the Kerch Bridge. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue is here. […]

To Challenge Putin, Russian Opposition Must Oppose Him on Crimea, Skobov Says

November 11, 2014

Staunton, November 11 – Failure to challenge Vladimir Putin about the Crimean Anschluss, “the cornerstone of today’s ‘Putin consensus,’” works to the benefit of the Kremlin leader whose uses the absence of objections to his actions to “create the illusion of moral justification” for what he has done, according to Aleksandr Skobov. And consequently, the […]

Turkey Reaffirms Its Support for Crimean Tatars and Will Send Delegation to Occupied Peninsula

Staunton, November 11 – Even as Moscow and the Russian occupation authorities continue their efforts to disorder and oppress the Crimean Tatars, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlyut Cavushoglu in the course of a meeting in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in November said Ankara will continue to work with Kyiv to defend that nation. Cavushoglu, […]