• Russian Geopolitical Advancements in the Black Sea Region: the Annexation of Crimea

    Author(s):
    Ostap Kushnir (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Soviet and Russian history and culture
    Subject(s):
    Eastern Europe, Russia and East Europe, Russian studies, War and conflict
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    annexation of Crimea, Crisis in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian relations, Russian expansionism, Russian foreign policy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/zn2g-yx81
    Abstract:
    The annexation of Crimea is not an ordinary event in contemporary international relations. Since WWII, there has been no precedent in Europe when one state under dubious premises has forcefully annexed a part of another state. This article scrutinizes the Crimean case in the context of the ongoing Ukrainian crisis and uncovers the rationale behind Russia’s aggressive policies in the Black Sea region. To accomplish this task, several steps have been undertaken. Primarily, the recent speeches of Russian officials and Kremlin-originated documents have been analyzed. Secondly, the tactics favored by the Kremlin to achieve its geopolitical goals have been explained and assessed (through applying frameworks of meta-geography and soft power security). Thirdly, the future prospects for Crimea with its gradual transformation in the counter-NATO fortress have been outlined.
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    Published
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