BREMMER: There’s A Very Real Possibility That Putin Doesn’t See A Peaceful Way Out Of This
Mar. 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea to be a part of Russia on Tuesday and signed a treaty to make it so.
In a defiant speech, arguably “the most significant of his 14-year rule,” Putin refused to recognize the interim government in Kiev and drew deeply from Russian and Soviet history to bash the West.
“In the case of Ukraine, our Western partners have crossed a line, a red line,” Putin said. “They’ve been unprofessional, they’ve irresponsible.”