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You're right. But this will only lead to the formation of a stronger "eastern" bloc alliance. Imagine if Chinese production shifted away from the US, towards a country like Russia. All China really needs is better allies to deal with to abandon its relationship with the US.
On a serious side, the people of Crimea voted to join Russia.. ffs, that is democracy being spread. The fact that America is against the democratic intentions of Crimea is VERY telling.
You're incredibly naive to think that the vote was free, fair and in any way democratic.
It was organised on the drop of a hat, had no proper monitoring of the voting process (despite claims to the contrary - all the monitors were private citizens, not recognised observers including leaders of Communist parties around Europe and of pro-Russian/expat groups) and also done under the "watchful eye" of thousands of Russian soldiers....
It was also boycotted by a large section of the electorate - only 60% of the population is of Russian stock, the Ukrainian and Tartars all stayed away from the vote.
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One question is how can US send gas from its mainland all the way to Europe and still be competitive in terms of price etc.
Putin needs to cut down very hard on corruption. This will reduce the cost of various items produced and make Russian goods and services more competitive in global and european markets.
Corruption is messing Russia up from inside.
Just saying, it would have been a different world in Europe today with Patton had his way.
Why keep US troops in Europe? To keep the germans down and the Russians in check.
Not my opinion, its a presidential US quote.
So Nato plans to sanction a country which was at the helm of putting up an iron curtain and not allowing anything in or out?
Yeah, seriously. What Russian things could the U.S. not live without? On the plus side, this is the first thing that made me giggle today.