Still he has made some moves to scale back tensions after getting what he wanted. Already they are looking at recouping monetary losses with the Ukraine.
Putin: No Need for Further Retaliation Against US
Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal......
Russia is expected to play a major role in the planned withdrawal of U.S. and other NATO forces from Afghanistan later this year by providing transit corridors via its territory, and Putin seemed to indicate that the Kremlin at this stage has no intentions of shutting the route.
Moscow also appeared to be warming to the deployment of monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the top trans-Atlantic security and rights group.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia would welcome sending the OSCE observers to Russian-speaking regions in eastern Ukraine on condition that their number and locations are clearly set, but he made it clear that they wouldn't be let into Crimea.
Amid its political crisis, Ukraine is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, struggling to pay off billions of dollars in debts in the coming months. The U.S. and the European Union have pledged to quickly offer a bailout.
It owes Russia $2 billion in overdue payments for natural gas supplies. Putin made it clear that Russia will further raise the heat on Ukraine by urging it to pay back a $3 billion bailout loan granted to Yanukovych in December.
In addition, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev suggested that Russia should reclaim $11 billion in gas rebates it gave Ukraine in exchange for a deal extending Russia's lease on its navy base in Crimea until 2042. Medvedev argued that since Crimea is part of Russia now, the deal is void......snip~
http://www.debatepolitics.com/europe...-russia-5.html (The prize for sanctions aginst Russia)
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
Although Putin has not said he would scale back any Sanctions with EU at the time I had put that up.
The big one is that there was no option to maintain the status quo. It was either "go over to the Russians," or "let the Crimean assembly decide to go over to the Russians." <Link>
Claims of 95+% Yes vote on a 80% turnout seem unlikely, at best. With numbers like that, you'd expect the whole of Ukraine would be chomping at the bit to go to the Russians.
There are reports of intimidation of opposition journalists, and military units hanging out near polling places.
I'd say there was a bit more than pure democracy in play, here.
jallman: "It's all good. At least you have a thick skin and can take being poked fun back at without crying. "
The pro-Russian positioning of the Ukrainian assembly was well known in advance of the election. As a practical matter, the second option amounts to a whitewash, to provide false legitimacy for people who are looking to rationalize the event.
I think the better analogy is how we took Texas away from Mexico, first by infiltrating it with settlers under false pretenses, demanding they hand it over, and finally by ginning up a confrontation and taking it by force of arms.To me it seems kind of like,... there's a coup on the US, Mexico fearing for it's citizens in Texas, decide to invade Texas in a bloodless invasion (although unlike Crimea, there are no forces already there). Then the President of Mexico sets a referendum offering Texas to become part of Mexico or the become an autonomous country within US...
I think they may be acting more wary than reasonable because Crimea took some people by surprise. While a move into eastern Ukraine is possible, this would need a stronger pretext than that asserted in Crimea. There would have to be greater international recognition of a problem in need of solving and one where a resolution between the camps may not be plausible. Basically, Ukraine would have to be in a state of civil war or at least see an intense armed resistance.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran