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So what would you consider Russia's actions towards Ukraine and by extension the EU when Russia shut of gas supplies in 2009?
Well, whatever we want to call it between two ongoing business partners in a gas contract, it most definitely wasn't "coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by Ukraine of the rights inherent in its sovereignty". Russia's playing with the gas prices and pressuring the market in pricing with that did nothing to impact Ukraine's sovereignty any more than it did nations to the other side of it that were also impacted by the 2009 game playing.
I don't particularly like the Russians myself. I absolutely, positively do not trust them where it relates to anything on relations with the West. They shouldn't trust us, either. They work for their own best interests and we work for our own (or that's how our side is supposed to work....seems a bit broken ATM). In this instance, the overall Ukraine *IS* of interest to the West for more than peeing contest issues. A small piece of it, as well as the Autonomous Republic of The Crimea are overwhelmingly more supportive of the Russian side than the Western side. Among the academic pieces I've been posting was one that specifically noted.....as a former vacation and wintering favorite of the Communist Elite during the 'bad old days', the Crimea is very heavily ethnic Russian.
It IS possible (and more than 50% odds, given objective looks at the demographics here in my opinion) that the Crimea wants this by a majority, vs. closer ties to the West. If Putin goes aggressively outside that very small area? Hmm.... It gets interesting I think. For now? He's in what just may be quite happy and open about having him, IMO.
As the Norwegian environmental group Bellona Fondation reported last month, Russia has just admitted that it dumped 19 radioactive ships plus 14 nuclear reactors – some of them containing fissible material – into the ocean:
The catalogue of waste dumped at sea by the Soviets, according to documents seen by Bellona, and which were today released by the Norwegian daily Aftenposten, includes some 17,000 containers of radioactive waste, 19 ships containing radioactive waste, 14 nuclear reactors, including five that still contain spent nuclear fuel; 735 other pieces of radioactively contaminated heavy machinery, and the K-27 nuclear submarine with its two reactors loaded with nuclear fuel.
Included is the absolute disregard on the part of the Soviet for the potential harm that may result from their dumping radioactive material around the globe, especially including the black sea and the Artic ocean...absolute unforgivable stupidity.
I suspect ' Pandora's box' has been open for years such that gobal food contamination is not an 'if' situation, but a 'when' situation.