US President Barack Obama upped the ante when he warned of grave consequences should Crimeans opt out of Ukraine in a referendum. Majority of Crimea’s population is Russian. It also contains an autonomous district that houses the Russian Navy Black Sea fleet.
The West protests the referendum saying the presence of Russian soldiers in Crimea puts illegitimate pressure on voters.
To emphasize his point, President Obama received the interim prime minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at the White House in a clear sign of support.
The United States recognized Kosovo (which got out of Serbia) some years back. The official line was Kosovo was a genuine struggle for independence while Crimea will be a naked land grab.
Whatever happened to the right of national self-determination?
Oh, I think I get it.
If the rump state aligns with the West against Russia, it will be recognized with alacrity.
If it is friendly with Putin, dire sanctions will follow.
The situation seems to be getting more and more complicated.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had sent advanced surveillance planes to monitor Ukraine’s borders with Poland and Romania.
NATO reportedly redeployed 15 jet fighters from Italy to the Baltic states near Belarus. Accordingly, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced that he will offer Russia the same opportunity to deploy 15 warplanes to counter NATO activity near Belarussian borders. The request was in compliance with the terms of Russian-Belarussian alliance.
The Ukrainian crisis is obviously of interest to the global powers and is still in the making.
I will continue to write on the crisis. That is, if I am not composing photoseptons for my other blog, http://bmmphotopoetry.wordpress.com.
Oh, by the way, the current crisis started when pro-Western protesters (with obvious Western support) ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych last February. Yanukovych may indeed be corrupt. The problem is he had a clear electoral mandate.