n August 23, 2021, Kyiv hosted the first convention of the International Crimea Platform, which has been presented as a “consultative and coordination format with the aim of peacefully ending the Russian Federation’s temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and to restore control of Ukraine over this territory in full accordance with international law.
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The speech was widely perceived as a milestone in the new arms race during the heightened tensions between the West and Russia after the annexation of Crimea by the latter.
When Putin’s army annexed Crimea in 2014, European leaders declared the move unacceptable.
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At the moment, Russian forces are pursuing a strategy of fortifying the Russian separatist regions in eastern Ukraine and restoring the land connection between Crimea and these regions.
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” The status of the Donbas and Crimea regions is yet to be defined.
Apart from a tightening military budget causing the decline, past procurement issues caused by sanctions towards Russia during the annexation of Crimea have pushed Hanoi to attempt to diversify its suppliers.
The path to de-dollarization Globally, China, Russia, and India are leading the efforts to conduct trade in national currencies especially after Russia fell under western sanctions in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea.
” Russia demanded that Ukraine halts its military activity, enshrine neutrality in its constitution, acknowledge Crimea as a Russian territory, and recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Furthermore, during the Russian annexation of Crimea, Hungary was hesitant to sanction Russia.
Likewise, despite condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine in strong terms, which was perfectly in line with Turkey’s long-held position on the annexation of Crimea, Ankara did not join in the chorus of imposing sanctions against Russia as a matter of principle.
Russia has previously used the private military company Wagner Group in Syria, Crimea, and Libya.
He might have calculated that the West, which remained silent in the face of Russia’s attacks in Georgia and Syria and didn’t do much against the annexation of Crimea, would show a similar attitude towards the occupation of Ukraine and would not want to escalate the tension with Russia.
The Ukraine crisis which emerged over the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and continued with the de facto situation in the Donbass region until last year, has now reached a new phase.
Finally, the current anti-war protests in Russia are fundamentally different from those held in 2014 amidst the country’s annexation of Crimea.