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Publication Date

1-1-2017

Abstract

Russia’s annexation of Crimea in February 2014 and its military support to the separatist movements in Donetsk and Luhansk caught the international community at large by surprise. The crisis was precipitated by a clash between Russia’s resurgent power and progressive Western advances into Russia’s ‘near abroad’. The annexation of Crimea was driven primarily by Russia’s maritime imperatives in the Black Sea Region. The US and NATO military responses, therefore, need to be guided by a clear understanding of the maritime implications and dimensions of the Ukraine crisis. The maritime drivers of Russia’s actions in Ukraine necessitate a regional maritime response by the US and NATO in the Black Sea Region in order to meet the immediate requirement of effective deterrence and the long-term requirement of balancing Russian maritime strategy.

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