March 2nd, 2014
01:44 PM ET

How U.S. should respond to Russia

By Fareed Zakaria

In a strange act of historical coincidence, it is 60 years ago this week that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev handed the Crimea over to the Ukraine. It might not have seemed a big deal in those days – everyone was part of one big, unhappy Soviet Union. But that act has created today’s geopolitical crisis.

Russia has now made its move. It has essentially detached Crimea from the Ukrainian government’s control. What remains unclear is what Vladimir Putin wants to do with it. Incorporate it into Russia? Use it as leverage to negotiate a deal with Ukraine? Both?

In any event, Washington’s response should be clear and forceful. Russia has violated all kinds of laws and norms, including most crucially, a treaty that it signed with Ukraine guaranteeing that country’s borders, in return for which Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons.

For Washington, for Americans, for people around the world, it would be a terrible precedent to allow issues like this to be resolved not through diplomacy, but by force. If Russia could detach parts of neighboring countries with impunity, won’t other great powers like China decide that they too can act in such ways?

So what can be done? Well, for starters President Obama should cancel entirely his attendenace at the G-8 summit to be held in Sochi in June. He should try to persuade the other major powers to follow suit. Russia’s membership in the G-8 should be suspended. Remember,  the G-8 was created to recognize that post-Soviet Russia was behaving like an honorable member of the international community, not a rogue state . If the behavior has changed, Russia’s status should also change.

Militarily there is less that can be done. After all, Russia’s military budget is about 18 times that of Ukraine. But NATO should restart talks on providing assurances to countries like Poland – including perhaps building the missile defense system that was abandoned.

In economic terms, Washington and the EU should consider the only sanctions that would be effective: ones targeted specifically at individuals who could be held responsible for these acts of aggression against Ukraine.

Washington cannot do much to stop Vladimir Putin as he creates facts on the ground in Crimea. But step back and consider what a strategic disaster this is for him. Ukraine has slipped out of his orbit and most of the population there is going to be hostile to Russia for generations. Countries like Poland that had eased up relations with Moscow will now view it with great suspicion. All European countries will put their relations with Russia under review. Even China will surely oppose the brazen violation of national sovereignty, something Beijing is always concerned about. Within Russia people have seen that Putin is terrified of a democracy movement and will brutally oppose it, not really the image he wants to present.

So Putin gets Crimea, which is only 60 percent Russian. Parts of it will be deeply hostile to this Russian takeover – including the population of Crimean Tartars, who are Muslim and getting radicalized. Remember, Crimea is in the Northern Caucasus, the area where Russia has been battling a ferocious Muslim insurgency.

So even as he lines up one more piece – or half piece – on his chessboard, Putin will find that the price he has paid for it will be quite high.

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  1. ohio

    Putin and Medvedev: "Two wild and crazy guys."

    March 3, 2014 at 8:02 am | Reply
  2. Rajputana

    Russia is antiquated, if they annex Crimea there will be severe unwelcomed economic consequences against it by 90% of Europe; this winter was a mild one in Europe.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:10 am | Reply
  3. Ercker

    "Much more should be expected from the Germans. It is the double pipeline from Russia to the West that goes through the Ukraine. It's up to the European to take the lead and take the flak, with the support of the US. Germany, in particular, has spent practically no money on its military and never joins any intervention in a meaningful way overseas, just like the Swiss. They are too busy enriching themselves, sometimes, at the expense of others. Now is the time for Merkel to show her true strength."

    Putin is only exploiting European hypocrisy. He knows that Germany and France in particular hate the Anglo-Saxon world and that any US threat will just be that–a threat. Rearm Ukraine, build the missile defence system in Poland,suspend Russia from the G-8, suspend Russia from international sporting events. Boycott Russiaan oil and gas. Reprimand Merkel and warn Hollande to not flirt like the French always do. Their only area of strength is in harmless Africa. When these basic points are seriously taken into consideration,then and only then will Putin begin to start thinking.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:11 am | Reply
  4. Grumpster

    Maybe they should import some Afghanistan residents....Russia seems to have a hard time with them.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • JoJO

      and US too.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • Dave

      Fareed should be more concern with his fellow jihad brothers in Pakistan then he should be concerned with Russia haha Fareed is a jihad boy!!

      March 3, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
      • Milan

        Well,
        There is a problem my friend. The legal President was put down from the power.Why the protesters did not wait until scheduled May election? Who stands behind protesters? There ia a little help fro m Western Countries.Deja vu-Egypt,Libia,Kosovo....USA will go into the war until last Ukrainian last.......

        March 3, 2014 at 10:08 am |
      • Jigglybits

        Yep. You are exactly correct on that one.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:16 am |
    • Howard

      this article is disappointingly simplistic. I am expecting better from Fareed.

      March 3, 2014 at 9:48 am | Reply
      • Jigglybits

        Well, having higher expectations was your first mistake.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:09 am |
    • haroldt

      So what no one mentions is the "international space station". Are our guys going to have to sit up there if we anger the Russians...that was a treaty also. Make them mad maybe they will let the sit there! Maybe we should re-start the orbitors and take them out of the museums.

      March 3, 2014 at 10:15 am | Reply
  5. ronvan

    WHICH WAY TO GO? As yet, I have heard nothing about Russian troops starting to shoot people or round them up? Invasion or occupation, which ever appears to have been accomplished! The fact that IF nothing is done to hurt Russia then my next question would have to be, WHO IS NEXT? Soooo, once again, by Putin's actions he has FORCED the USA to start the "sabre rattling" and threats of consequences. BUT, why? Lets hear from all those European countries that want something done! Let them LEAD and then we support them! Lets say 5 countries come together and want action. Pick one countries leader and let him say, on national TV, papers, etc., what they want. Then the USA can say we either support them or not! And lets forget about Nukes! For anyone to use them would be commiting suicide!

    March 3, 2014 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • Misterwire

      Let the EU work this out with Russia peaceful without trying to intimidate Putin. Russia should even be applauded for moving in to stop the destruction of lives and properties that have been going on. Why didn't the EU do something! If the same problem was happening in Canada for example, USA would have defended his ally. Let there be peace!

      March 3, 2014 at 9:22 am | Reply
  6. JPTuck

    Hit Putin in the pocket where it hurts the most – cancel the G8 summit – have a separate G7 summit outside Russia – suspend all trade and international flights with Russia – freeze all Russian govt assets in foreign banks – send all nationals with Russian passports home – notify all athletes with Russian or Russian federation nationality that they are no longer eligible for any international sports events – including the upcoming summer olympics in South Korea. When Putin realizes the only trade partners he has left is China, North Korea and Syria he will have little choice but to pull back his troops – without a single US troop life lost.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • Reddog9500

      Either that, or he will declare war. And so begins WWIII? Are you willing to take that chance? It is one thing to apply sanctions and punish Russia, it is quite another to isolate Russia and possibly provoke a major military confrontation.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:26 am | Reply
      • Orolandes O'Rourke

        Remember this has happened before. In the 1930s Germany started collecting up all those "Ethnically German" areas of othe countries. Then when no one did anything substantial to stop them they took the rest of those neighboring nations. Then they attacked a German Radio station on the Polish border disguised as Polish troops and left the dead bodies of political prisoners dressed in polish uniforms as proof the Poles attacked and invaded Poland.

        March 3, 2014 at 8:36 am |
      • Rob

        Russia is not a threat anymore. If we were to fight Russia, not likely, it would NOT be WWIII.

        March 3, 2014 at 8:48 am |
      • Jigglybits

        There is no such thing as World War 3. We have been engaged in a perpetual and protracted World War since the dawn of time. It will only change with the next mass extinction.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:14 am |
    • Get the facts first

      Next summer Olympics are in Brazil. Next winter Olympics are in South Korea.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:32 am | Reply
      • Jigglybits

        Next Summer Olympics should be in Africa, and the next Winter Olympics in Crimea.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:16 am |
    • Ferdi

      Russian Trade partners Bric Countries, South Africa, Brazil, China and India. Three of them are among the top 10 Largest economy in the world.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:45 am | Reply
      • Rob

        Why are these 3 countries in the top ten economies? Because they are major exporters, not importers. It is doubtful that Russia has any more of a trade surplus with China than the U.S. does. The Russian economy makes up 4% of global GDP, because they are exporting energy resources. If we develop our own resources and flood the global energy market for 5 years we could break their economy, enjoy lower oil and natural gas prices, and create jobs.

        March 3, 2014 at 9:39 am |
      • Jigglybits

        They do not exactly have what you would call a measurable CPI. Everything is exported in those countries- Diamonds, lumber, textiles, and human capital. Every country has its good and bad, but I think the only countries that could truly survive independently are those that have been suffering for centuries...since they are used to adversity.

        We couldn't survive a day without Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, the internet, and for some...even worse....Miley Cyrus or the Kardashians.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:22 am |
    • Dr Tom

      You're dreaming if you think Russia is going to pull out of Crimea. We must hold back on serious economic sanctions and tell Russia we'll impose them if he invades further than Crimea, but if he wants Crimea he can have it. It will be Russia that will end up paying in lives and economic costs.

      March 3, 2014 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • RussianAmerican

      Do you guys realize that US economic sanctions against Russia will hurt US more than those sanctions would hurt Russia? Do you know who are Russian biggest economy partners? Did any of you ask yourself, what Europe would do without Russian natural gas? Did anyone of you proposing sanctions even tried to understand the foundation of the political crisis in Ukraine? And last, but not least – why do you people consider that only US has The Ultimate Right to police other countries?! Ask yourself several times – who gave the US the right to declare wars on sovereign states and kill people for the sake of US political and economy interests?

      March 3, 2014 at 10:26 am | Reply
  7. T-Man

    The US should mind its own business for once. It's time to let other countries solve their own problems or in this case let Russia handle the problems of one of its neighbors. The US is not the world police force.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • hello

      Agree.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • aidevelopment

      "In a strange act of historical coincidence..." you're a moron, Fareed.

      T-Man: the US *IS* the world police. They demanded it in the guise of reducing nuclear weapons globally.
      You want to cry in the relative safety of across the ocean,again? Sure, give the nukes back and go sulk. EU will take care of this, no problem.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:37 am | Reply
      • DaVuVuZeLa

        The EU *should* take care of this, but they're so scared of losing the oil and gas they import from Russia that they won't.

        March 3, 2014 at 8:44 am |
      • Cynic

        We appointed ourselves as the world police. If we want to continue in this role, we should reconsider a draft because the limited number of troops that we have can't patrol the entire world all the time.

        Is a draft what you want? Is this what most of our citizens want? Is this what the young people who would be conscripted want? I don't think so.

        Thinking that we are the world police and actually being the world police are two different things. The latter takes a commitment that we are really not capable of fulfilling.

        March 3, 2014 at 9:53 am |
      • Fred

        US wants to be the world police but times have changed.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:21 am |
    • sean

      You are clueless! Thats exactly how Hitler did what he did. You handle it when it is small, not once its out of control. Try paying attention to history, you i am safe here, clown. Oh and by the way many historic tyrants have done this same thing. Start small.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:45 am | Reply
      • RussianAmerican

        What can you say than about American wars in Iraq, Afganistan, etc? How it is better than Hitler's policy? What makes Americans an ultimate race who can tell other countries how to live?

        March 3, 2014 at 10:38 am |
    • James

      Agree, we need to stop acting like a police officers.

      March 3, 2014 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • Russ

      Actually, the US is the world's police force. The strength of our military, and more importantly our Navy, is what keeps the economic trade routes open and secure. Smaller countries count on our military strength to ensure this. The terms for this are "stability" and "projection of power". Fareed hit the nail on the head, if we appear weak and do nothing, other countries will potentially try similar moves. But If we project enough power to deter this behavior, then world becomes much more "stable", both militarily and economically.

      March 3, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
      • Cynic

        Do you want to reinstate conscription?

        March 3, 2014 at 9:54 am |
      • Russ

        Cynic- I definitely see your point. Yes it is regrettable how far our military has declined. It makes our role much more difficult to fulfill. To answer your question, no I do not want to reinstate conscription. The hope is that even in our declined state, we are still more advanced than any other world power. Yes, China is advancing and will soon catch up to us in terms of military hardware and infrastructure. For now, we have to rely on our superiority in military leadership, military experience, and hope that technology can make up for our declining manpower.

        March 3, 2014 at 10:19 am |
  8. Mrkrabs

    Fareed, your complete ignorance of Russia ethnically cleansing Crimea of majority Tatars makes me question your credibility. Every time you come on TV, as far as you are willing to go back in the history is time of unicorns and fairies when Russia almost uneventfully signed Crimea over to Ukraine. It is troubling you are ignoring a humanitarian catastrophe that occurred before this that claimed lives and livelihoods of thousands of ancient population of Tatars. They were soon replaced by transplanted Russians from other regions of Russia.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply
  9. Bob Straight

    The chickens have come home to roost. Eleven years ago, G.W. Bush launched the invasion and occupation of Iraq. As you recall, that invasion did not have international approval, but Bush contended that he did not need international approval to undertake those actions necessary to protect US national security interests. Bush's invasion of Iraq was illegal by any measure of international law. Now, the US and Great Britain, our partner in the invasion of Iraq, dare criticize Putin for his actions in Crimea and quite possibly Ukraine. A bordering nation that is in upheaval. A borderning nation that is home to tens of thousands of ethnic Russians. A border nation that owns the Black Sea port that guarantee Russian naval forces access to the Mediterranean. A borderning nation to Russia that is far more important to Russian immediate national security interests than was Iraq to US national security interests. So, what will happen? The US and Europe will find "an accomodation" with Russia. An accomodation that will put Ukraine firmly in the Russian sphere of influence; an accomodation that will allow Putin to dictate the composition of the Ukraine government and its domestic/foreign policies. G.W. Bush, his cohorts, a spineless Congress, and an uneducated, emotional American public put us in this position.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • Rob

      You are the uneducated one.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
      • westwoodwizard

        No...the original poster is spot on...you are the uneducated one...

        March 3, 2014 at 9:01 am |
      • James

        Are you really denying these? Whatever Russia will do, as long as it won't start a war is a good thing. Look at the Iraq, it still in crisis, did we really help them? All we do pay more taxes, and nothing really happens, we still get crazy kids killing our children at schools

        March 3, 2014 at 9:13 am |
      • Roly

        NO you are I agree with Bob

        March 3, 2014 at 9:29 am |
      • Sciguy

        We helped Kuwait.

        March 3, 2014 at 9:38 am |
  10. hello

    Ukraine has illegal government. Crimea refused to follow any orders from new formed illegal government . It already has an autonomy by law. Crimea government asked Russia for help and Putin helped them.
    No war, no battles. Population in Crimea celebrating independence from Ukraine. We all need mind our own business.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • John T

      Are some kind of Soviet plant instructed to leave pro-Putin comments on U.S. news sites? Please.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:41 am | Reply
      • Rick

        No its just americans who aren't falling for the BS pushed by CNN and its "analysts"

        March 3, 2014 at 8:41 am |
      • Joe

        No I didn't get any instructions. But I think Russia should steal some oil while they are invading, and also go boost drug production in the country they occupy. All this must sound pretty familiar to you, huh ?

        March 3, 2014 at 8:51 am |
      • westwoodwizard

        You mean the way Americans plant anti-Russian comments on sites all around the world?

        March 3, 2014 at 9:02 am |
    • cooper

      You are completely right. These are the facts. There shouldn't really be an argument.

      March 3, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
  11. Trisha Doherty

    Sorry to burst your theory, but china just came out endorsing Putinj's actions in Crimea, because they are both sharks who smell weakness in obama..and will exploit the community organizer to the hilt.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • Ferdi

      Exactly, Thank you @Trisha Doherty.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:51 am | Reply
    • westwoodwizard

      Hilarious..the biggest shark of them all is the United States...I guess it takes one to know one...

      March 3, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
    • Steven

      Weakness created by Bush/Cheney and cohorts who spent all of our international capital on an absolutely useless and illegal war in Iraq. That war single-handedly has bankrupted our country and handcuffed any future presidents for many years to come. While you and your ilk were cheerleading Halliburton and the rest of the military industrial complex, you all forgot about the rule of law and created the largest decline in liberty this country has ever seen since Joe McCarthy. I'm tired of the lame rhetoric by short-sighted posters. Strategy is the long game, Bush/Cheney took the simple minded and greedy short term prize without any concern for the future. This mess is squarely at their feet.

      March 3, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  12. Rick

    Fareed Zakaria should just mind his own business

    March 3, 2014 at 8:41 am | Reply
  13. Aeneas

    Yes; Putin has forced the US to sabre rattle. And in light of US intentions to withdraw from other military theatres, Putin utilized the Ukraine option to force with velvet glove, the US to continue to pump monies into the military. Otherwise. the US may not go broke supporting an engorged military. Sound familiar? Recall what the US did to the USSR in the 80's.....breaking their financial back chasing military superiority.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:42 am | Reply
  14. Paul

    Zakaria, really this guy is ALWAYS wrong and literally knows nothing about the regions he speaks of. One of the reasons cnn ratings are so bad

    March 3, 2014 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • westwoodwizard

      Agreed. I wonder how these companies decide what makes a person an "expert" and you realize quickly that they just market whoever they like as an "expert" and then it catches on.

      March 3, 2014 at 9:04 am | Reply
  15. Ian

    Maybe Hillary can step in again with her "Reset" gift wrapped button...let's see how far that will get us.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:57 am | Reply
  16. dlew28

    Zakaria reminds me of the prince's consort in Braveheart....you know...the one who gets thrown out the window while explaining to the king what a great strategist he is.

    The Russians have little fear of any radical muslim populations because with Crimea shut off from the world...they can deal with anyone as they see fit.

    Fareed is nothing but our regimes version of Baghdad Bob...and his musings need to be viewed with just as much weight.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:05 am | Reply
  17. john wayne

    There is always two sides to everything. How long has this conflict with Ukraine been going on? All at once we hear that Russia has invaded Ukraine. This conflict has had to been going on for a long while. It sounds like Russia has moved in to keep the peace if possible. If it comes down to war, do not bet on Europe other than England backing the U.S. Think about it. Who could take this country serious?

    March 3, 2014 at 9:08 am | Reply
  18. Dr Tom

    If we do decide to engage militarily, the best military option would be for the U.S. to invade Cuba.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
  19. cooper

    Several things Zakaria says are probably not true.

    He states that most of the Ukrainian people will be hostile towards Putin forever. I find it hard to believe that those that are anti-Russia (a small majority of the population) will be more hostile towards Putin than before. Crimea is a semi-autonomous republic and them majority of Crimeans don't want to stand with the new Ukraine, which by the way took over in a coup. Ukrainians have not been invaded. Rather, to this point, Russia's gone into a region that overwhelmingly
    wants them there. Most Ukrainians know the history of Crimea. Their only real claim to the Ukraine is that the Soviet Union awarded it to them. It is not Ukrainian. So, Putin will be disliked as much as he was before by some Ukrainian. On the other hand the substantial minority of Ukrainians who back Russia, will more likely than not view him positively for this action.

    Secondly, we are told that the Crimean Tatars will react angrily to the Russian takeover. I am sure Muslims do not like Putin, but I do not see why this take over will make them angrier. It is not as though Crimean Tatars have any reasons to feel an allegiance with Ukraine and it is not as though Ukrainians are more tolerant towards Muslims than Russians are. Besides that, the Ukrainians want to be more allied with the West. How do Muslims feel about the United States and Europe?

    Russia has not invaded the Crimea. The majority of the people welcome them there. That's not an "invasion" in the strict sense of the word. Unless Russia begins to assert itself in Ukraine itself, it will be hard to argue that Putin has done anything but done what he felt was politically necessary given the coup in Kiev.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:19 am | Reply
  20. lour

    So whats the big deal if Russia takes back the Crimea? The USA signed a treaty in 1819 fixing the border with Mexico but 30years later decided to grab 50% of Mexico. The Crimea is within Russia's sphere of influence; not american

    March 3, 2014 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • cooper

      You're right that there are many hypocrisies that the United States is guilty of, with its hollow rhetoric. But there is a difference between what the United States did to Mexico in th 19th century and with Crimea. Not only is Crimea within Russia's sphere of influence, it's much more tied to Russia than to the Ukraine.Crimea has been predominately Russian for practically 200 years.

      March 3, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply
    • Sciguy

      What's the big deal? #1 It is against international law. #2 They signed a treaty saying they wouldn't do it.

      March 3, 2014 at 9:45 am | Reply
  21. carsonagenic

    TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE
    America F'K YEAH! Coming to save the mother F'k day YEAH!

    March 3, 2014 at 9:31 am | Reply
  22. BillyD1953

    The U.S. should respond by arresting George W. Bush and sending him to The Hague. He sacrificed any moral high ground we might ever have had regarding interfering in other countries when he invaded Iraq and killed 1 million civilians there. We look ridiculous now pointing the finger at Russia over Crimea. Crimea is 3 miles from Russia. Iraq is 7,000 miles from the U.S.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:36 am | Reply
  23. PeterD

    Putin has occupied Crimea so whta President Obama is going to do about it? Nada Nothing.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:37 am | Reply
  24. Eugene

    I agree with the sentiment of Zakaria's article but, unfortunately, it shows the lack of his familiarity with history and geography of the region. Crimea is not in the Northern Caucasus as he claims. He talks about population of Ukraine becoming hostile to Russia but in reality that population is about equally divided between supporting the provisional government of Ukraine and alliance with Russia.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:43 am | Reply
    • cooper

      Zakaria, might not be considering half of the population of Ukraine that feels loyalties towards Russia. It's quite interesting the way the media discounts anybody who is not on the right side. But it is also very scary. I have never before been so aware fo the propaganda machine that the United States rolls out. It virtually steamrolls its citizens.

      March 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  25. Россия Т34

    Иди в жопу журналист CNN ты аморально двух личный подонок!
    США стимулировала развитие национализма на Украине, визиты политиков США и ЕС давала надежды и смелости радикалам, и теперь когда нео нацисты готовы начать истребление Российского населения на Украине, когда украинский народ не согласный с поведение власти захваченной силой в демократическом русле заявляет свое гражданское несогласие и просит защиты у России.
    Мир требует санкций – Вы сказочные идиоты!

    March 3, 2014 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • Fred

      Ты бы хоть русский выучил для начала. Стыдно тебя читать. По существу верно пишешь, но очень безграмотно.

      March 3, 2014 at 10:14 am | Reply
  26. PeterD

    President Obama has turned out to be very poor leader on world stage compare to President Putin who has strong leadership. Obama is afraid to answer to Putin's Crimea Invation.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • palintwit

      What would you like to see him do ? Launch some missles ? Start World War 3 ? Russia is the world's second biggest producer of petroleum. You'll be the first one to cry when gas gets over $5 a gallon. Now get back in your trailer. Nascar's on.

      March 3, 2014 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Freddy

      So why dont you sign up and get all your friends ready to fight Russia because thats basically what your suggesting the Prez should do.

      March 3, 2014 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Rus

      Obama – one of the most intelligent and cautious politicians in the world. Should he threaten anyone to guard the interests of his citizens?

      March 3, 2014 at 10:43 am | Reply
  27. BULLSHEET

    EVERYTHING ZAKARIA WROTE HERE IS "BULLSHEET". DO NOT READ HIS ARTICLES, IT IS WASTING A TIME. THERE IS NO TRUTH AT ALL.

    March 3, 2014 at 10:04 am | Reply
  28. mich

    putin stop your stupid behavior

    March 3, 2014 at 10:05 am | Reply
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