If Russian President Vladimir Putin states that he has a dream, the ex-Soviet Republics would either have nightmares or have sleepless nights. Putin does have a dream and that dream is the resurgence of Soviet might, perhaps adjusted to current day realities. And Russian gas and oil have pivotal roles in helping him realise his dreams.rn
What he wants is not a centralised Soviet Union dominating the former Republics. That would be impossible to achieve in current day circumstances. But he can still maintain defacto control over former Soviet republics; Ukraine and especially Crimea is going to be an example in this regard.rn
Why Russia has decided to annex Crimea?rn
The Russian naval presence, its largest offshore, is a compelling reason for Russia to annex Crimea. Let us not nurse the illusion that Russian leader is interested in protecting the welfare of Russian speakers in Crimea.rn
If he has not heeded the calls of his own citizens in matters related to transparency and accountability of governance in Russia, how can he be deemed to represent Russian interests in Russian soil in a democratic sense? Now, if that be true, how can we ever expect the Russian President to represent and fight for Russian speaking Crimeans in foreign soil and that too, against the wishes and amid threats from international community?rn
Hence the argument that Russia is trying to protect the interests of Russian speaking Crimeans by annexing Crimea carries no weight.
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