Black Sea Region

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

    Author: Ostap Kushnir
    Institution: Lazarski University
    Year of publication: 2017
    Source: Show
    Pages: 111-135
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    PDF: apsp/56/apsp5607.pdf

    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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