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toyomotor View Drop Down

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    Posted: 14 Aug 2016 at 04:19
Who would have guessed it?

Putin has reinforced his military hold on the Crimea by boosting his military resources along the borders. It seems that he is afraid that Ukraine may become a member of NATO, and that, possibly, would result in a foreign force facing his, perhaps American air bases and so on.

There is a school of opinion which posits a retaliation by Russia if the Ukraine does join NATO, which could result in war.

Some speculate on the potential for a nuclear war, but I believe that the Mutually Assured Destruction doctrine would prevent this, in favour of a more conventional war format.

I posted quite some time ago that my belief was that Putin had a Master Plan which involved reclaiming all of the Ukraine for Russia, and perhaps then moving against the smaller Baltic States. It could be that I was right, and that Putins Master Plan is being put into effect.

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I find it ironic that Russia might want to destroy Ukraine's independence.  Didn't the Soviet Union consider the Ukraine (and maybe White Russia) as "independent" so they could get extra UN seats?

The Ukraine, Georgia and the Baltic states have the problem of a significant ethnic Russian population.  There probably is discrimination against these populations, but of course Moscow uses the most of it in order to bully its former "allies?" "partners?" "subservient thralls?"

Putin wants to go in a general direction, but I don't think he has any particular time table in mind.
Russia is now using an airbase in Iran.
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