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Published on: March 6, 2014
A Conversation
Coping With Crimea, In Ukraine And Beyond

With the Crimea crisis showing no sign of winding down, TAI editor Adam Garfinkle sat down to talk with Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinkski about the broader repercussions for American foreign policy around the world.

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  • Pete

    Zbigniew Brzezinski —- you couldn’t do any better than to dig up his that old Jimmy Carter relic?

  • Anthony

    Thanks, Adam Garfinkle.

  • Jim__L

    “What is most negative about what Putin is doing, however, is that it is
    not necessary. Why is he doing it? It’s not going to enhance Russia’s
    power, it’s not going to make it more credible. It’s not a contribution
    in the longer run to making Russia an attractive, increasingly—we would
    have hoped—democratic and successful state. I think that what is
    happening is, perhaps above all, a tragedy for Russia.”

    Isn’t he doing it because he wants to maintain the Black Sea ports, which could be threatened by an EU-oriented Ukraine?

    What do you mean by “attractive”?

    Does Russia see this as a tragedy for Russia, when seen through the filters of a Russian (non-Western, non-Liberal) point of view?

    • ShadrachSmith

      Russia’s military doctrine requires Black Sea Hegemony. The Ukrainian revolution put Russian control of Crimea in danger, so Putin took Crimea back. The motivation is simple enough.

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