NATO in Focus as Russia Tightens Grip on Crimea

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Supporters of Ukraine, some with their mouths taped over, attend a rally in support of the Keeping Crimea a part of the Ukraine on March 13, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

By the end of the week the Russian parliament will have formalized what the international community is calling a land grab and a legal travesty, and what Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling a restoration of the natural territory of Russia.

Either way, the annexation of Crimea is looking increasingly like a fact on the ground.

International sanctions and non-recognition are starting to be felt inside Crimea, and it appears to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that they are also being felt in Russia.

“Russia's political and economic isolation will only increase if it continues down its current path," Vice President Biden said in remarks Tuesday. He was meeting with Ukraine's neighbors, including the foreign minister of Poland, who is anxious to hear reassurances from the U.S. about pledges of common defense and the obligations of NATO.

The NATO alliance is suddenly back in focus after years of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lilit Gevorgyan, senior economist at IHS Global Insight, weighs in on the impact of NATO sanctions and Russia's long-term stability.


Lilit Gevorgyan


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Boris from New York

Two points need to be remembered re Ukraine.
Almost all Ukrainians speak Russian. The two populations have intermarried for centuries. We need to avoid talking about the Russophone eastern Ukraine since so many speak Russian throughout Ukraine.
Second, it is true that Sevastopol has been the home base for Russia's Black Sea fleet. But Russia has another naval base nearby in Russia proper, at Novorossiysk. If Russia wanted to protect its interests in the Black Sea it could simply expand its base there.

Mar. 19 2014 06:40 PM
Angel from Miami FL

Autocracy is the new dictatorship.

Mar. 19 2014 01:56 PM

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