Two videos of Putin on the evolving crisis in Crimea.
The first follows Putin on the onset of the intervention of the “little green men.” Translated from Russian to English.
RT. “FULL VIDEO: Putin speaks Ukraine, Yanukovich, Maidan, Crimea.” March 4, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiKF8JN1qmk
The final video is Putin’s speech on Russia’s annexation of Crimea, citing the Kosovo precedent from international law.
RT. “Putin: Crimea similar to Kosovo, West is rewriting its own rule book (FULL SPEECH).” March 18, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDLwu4E35us
What do you think?
Is Russia violating international law by protecting ethnic Russians in the Crimea by annexing the territory after a popular referendum and after a government installed in Kiev by a coup?
Or is Russia using realpolitik to denounce a Western leaning legitimate government moving closer to the EU and Western values and markets?
Has the International Community responded proportionately to Russian actions, or are they holding a double standard between the former Cold War imagined constructs of the “East” and “West?”
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