Brett Schmieder Blog Post #4

The 2014 Sochi Olympics brought one word to mind, unity, but the events that they overshadowed were disregarded because of our false sense of harmony.  In the Ukraine anti-Russian protesters seized control of the heavily pro-Russian Crimean government.  Soon Russia’s parliament authorized President Vladimir Putin wish to dispatch troops in Crimea and beyond.  The Russian military swiftly moved into place in Crimea and issued this warning:  “Pledge allegiance to the region’s new pro-Russia leadership or be forced by Russia to submit.”   In response to Russia’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula the prime minister told reporters “Military intervention would be the beginning of war and the end of any relations between Ukraine and Russia.”

President Obama warned Moscow that the repercussions of their violence would be “a whole series of steps — economic, diplomatic — that will isolate Russia and will have a negative impact on Russia’s economy and its status in the world.”  As these events unfold, and world alliances are shaken, it will be interesting to see not only the United States’ interactions with Russia, but also the United Nations’ involvement with Ukraine.



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