March 12, 2014
|Image: Oleksandr Turchynov (Wiki Commons).|
It May be time for Obama to explain to Putin the whole thing about “costs
” and “red lines
one more time, maybe over a two hour phone call this time so the former
KGB spy finally gets it, because while Russia has been seemingly
confused for the past two weeks, Moscow just successfully annexed
Crimea, without spilling a drop of blood. Which is what Ukraine
essentially just confirmed after its acting president, who attained his
position after a violent coup and remains unrecognized by Russia, told
AFP in an exclusive interview saying Ukraine will not attempt a military
move to prevent the southern Crimean peninsula’s breakaway in order not
to expose its eastern border.
“We cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected,” Turchynov said, as Crimea prepares to vote in a referendum Sunday on becoming part of Russia.
Crimea’s upcoming referendum is a “sham” whose results will be fixed in Moscow, Turchynov told AFP.
“What they call the referendum will not happen in Crimea but in the
offices of the Kremlin,” Turchynov said ahead of Sunday’s vote and hours
after the pro-Russian authorities in Crimea voted for full independence