Bad decision by the Crimeans. Russia is not doing well economically. Places like
Poland, who have become part of the EU, are making a lot of progress with their
economy. Ukraine wants to become part of this success story. By going with
Russia, they are in my opinion, going back in history to the Soviet Union.
I do not agree wit Clarissa. Crimea always (always will) used to be part of
Russia. A Russian naval presence in Crimea dates to 1783 when the port city of
Sevastopol was founded by Russian Prince Grigory Potemkin. Crimea was part of
Russia until Nikita Khruschev gave it to Ukraine in 1954. CRIMEA ALWAYS WILL BE
PART OF RUSSIA. Western countries are playing some Geo-political game for their
benefit.In regard to Poland, Poland's success is not EU. But
because of peoples' resilience in trouble times and want to improve. With
much of Europe still struggling to recover from the impact of the 2008 financial
crisis, Poland stands out as an unlikely island of economic success, a place
where companies and individuals plan for growth rather than decline. In 2009, when the gross domestic product of the European Union contracted by
4.5 percent, Poland was the only country in the union to see its economy grow,
by 1.6 percent.
Why do the articles on the Crimea secession vote not mention the fact that there
was no place on the secession ballot that someone could vote "No"?
Don't you think this is an important point, media?
Good, the people have spoken. Will Nanny Sam honor them and stay out of this?
One article I've read said there was no real choices on the ballot. Just
what did he ballot offer?Will this now have other former Soviet bloc
countries expelling the Russian speaking people who live there?
Ceylonmormon - The Crimea has not "always been part of Russia."The Budapest Memorandum, signed by Russia in 1994 recognized the Crimea to be
part the Ukraine, and Russia promised to respect Ukranian borders and national
sovereignty.But obviously Russia lied AGAIN.That's
a big habit with Russia, isn't it?You just can't trust
Russsians. I wonder why Russia lies so much. No national
Look at the corruption in our leaders. Anyone think our voting system
honest?A national debt equaling $100,000 for every second of six
years, with a high percentage of poverty is evidence that our house needs to be
We can't know for sure how the population would have voted under tranquil
circumstance. But it should be obvious to Mr. Putin that the world won't
give any credence to an election held under the specter of a Russian troops
presence in Crimea.