March 15th, 2014
11:21 PM ET

On GPS this Sunday: How worried are Russia's neighbors about its Crimea moves?

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

On GPS Sunday: The latest on the Crimean referendum and the mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Next,  we know how the United States has reacted to Russian President Vladimir  Putin's moves into Crimea. But what about Russia's neighbors? Fareed  will speak to two high-level officials from countries that border parts  of Russia…countries that have been invaded by Moscow before. How worried  are they?

And, a fascinating mystery: how does  $20 billion get lost from a nation's treasury?  That is what's being  alleged by the head of a Central Bank of an oil-rich African country.   The result?  He gets suspended from his job. Fareed speaks with the  country's finance minister to explain what's going on.

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  1. Russia for peaceful partnership

    No worries about Russia – we in Europe must live with Russia for business, for natural resources, for stability and peace in a strategic partnership – we need Russia. No-one in EU needs America, but Russia we need everyday.

    March 16, 2014 at 3:42 am |
    • Janek Izdebski

      False. You need them in Rammstein Military Base, West Germany. This is how mutual defense of NATO works.

      March 16, 2014 at 11:18 am |
    • Marine5484

      Good posting, Russia for peaceful partnership. No, Europe has no need for us but the right-wing thugs in Washington are working overtime to control it. Today unfortunately, the leaders in Europe are no more than lackeys for these thugs as they carry out every last order from them. This nonsense needs to stop!

      March 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
    • john smith

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      March 17, 2014 at 2:25 am |
  2. Danro

    Well if someone will speak for all 350 million Europeans, then I should add a counter view. I think that most Europeans in Spain, France and UK are not worried but the Europeans in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and especially Poland are extremely worried. Then there is of course the key country Germany which tried to live with Russia and bring them closer through business will be making an about face. east Germany was ruled by Russia and they have not forgotten. The response will be slow but will be powerful.
    Also side note about NATO. Everyone including people in America think that NATO's only role is to protect EUrope against Russia but it has also had the side effect of uniting Europe by creating a common military union keeping long time enemies from fighting each other. NATO has had a primary mission but also a second even more powerful role.

    March 16, 2014 at 10:14 am |
    • Marine5484

      Please Danro, quit vomiting out your ignorance over NATO and what a "wonderful" organization it is! NATO today is no more a tool for the right-wing thugs in Washington to tighten up more and more of their control over Europe until today these European members have been reduced to U.S. satellite states. In fact, if I were the Chancellor of Germany, I'd assert my country in that organization and quit merely taking orders from Washington D.C. and improve relations with Russia!

      March 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm |
      • ✠RZ✠

        Would be interesting if Europe formed a single pooled/coalition/united continental army. Could save them money and be more powerful and unified at the same time. Might even provide enough political clout for any/all euro nations to tell the likes of Washington and Moscow to take a hike.

        March 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm |
  3. Enver Masud

    Fareed, regarding Niegeria's missing 20 billion, you said something like "heads would roll" if that kind of money went missing in the United States. According to CBS, 2.3 trillion went missing in the U.S. — head's have not rolled. See

    March 16, 2014 at 11:14 am |
  4. D.S.

    I watch every Sunday Fareed Zakaria's take with great interest. Today ... oops! The example of Kazakhstan was provided wrongly. Putin does not need to invade Kazakhstan. Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia came into existence on 1 January 2010[2] . (Six months ago, also Armenia's president was forced to sign the agreement to join the Union without previous discussions with the nation. Armenian government is now ready to join Customs Union by Mid-April). D.S.

    March 16, 2014 at 11:21 am |
  5. bobcat2u



    This is like a bad lead on for the old Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song, "Stuck in the Middle ".

    "Clowns to the left of me< Jokers to the right."

    China needs to move in on North Korea and euthanize that mad dog. EU and other nations of the Caucasus need to take a united stand on Russia.
    These are their respective back yards and thus their responsibility.

    March 16, 2014 at 11:51 am |
    • ✠RZ✠

      Thought that was done by Stealers Wheel (?)

      March 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        Whoops. My bad. I was thinking of something else. But you get what I mean.

        March 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm |
      • ✠RZ✠

        I get the picture, but somehow the overall sentiment makes me think of Zombie or Brothers in Arms. Sure, the world's plethora of insane problems prevents us from seriously taking on the challenge of the much bigger ones. But it's hard to believe that there's still plenty of factions/parties out there thinking they can eventually rule the world. And as a result, so many simple folk (and I mean that very respectfully) probably like most Ukrainians (I assume) end up getting "stuck in the middle" alright and forced to suffer much more than is necessary because of their stupid and corrupt government. When seeing a pod of disoriented dolphins inadvertently beach themselves, most all descent humans will actually go out of their way a bit and help the dolphins back into the water. Right ? But not our so called governments! Heck no! They"d just as soon tie a rope around the poor dolphins tails and ask them if they prefer to be dragged down the dirt road or the gravel road. "Oh the humanity!"

        March 17, 2014 at 1:35 am |
  6. cnn is awful

    God damnit, cnn pre-empted gps AGAIN. This time for "Breaking news" about the missing flight that is anything but breaking. What a joke.

    March 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm |
  7. D. Aden

    Bad decision by CNN to bump Fareed's midday show for a no-news rehash of the Malaysian plane and the Crimean election. Better to respect your audience and present intelligent analysis and commentary than a hyped emptiness that in any event would normally be presented immediately after GPS. CNN should choose brains over blather.

    March 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm |
  8. Adam

    Guess I can't trust CNN to keep schedules, apparently I need to find another Sunday channel.

    March 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
  9. Tim Johnson

    CNN is not showing the 1:00 showing of GPS, defaulting to the redundant coverage of the Malaysian Airlines mystery. Bad call. GPS is unique. I can watch the same flight 370 stuff on a dozen other channels with near equal coverage.

    March 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm |
  10. Serge Houde

    Does CNN really need to focus so much on "The Mystery of Flight 370"
    especially when the World is faced with an immediate Act of War
    that could implicate 100's of thousands of Lives?

    In June 2009, during the height of the Iranian Election Protests,
    another News Story that could have changed the direction of History,
    CNN virtually wiped this story off the air in favour of the more sensational Michael Jackson Story.
    Now with another News Story (Putin's Invasion of the Ukraine) with it's potential ramifications for History,
    CNN seems to be focusing almost exclusively on Flight 370.
    Don't get me wrong, my heart goes out to the Passengers and Families involved.

    But did you really need to take over Fareed Zakaria's GPS program to talk about more:
    would-bes, could-bes, maybes and what ifs.
    You're starting to look and sound like one of those Reality Shows running after Sasquatch.
    I expect more from CNN.

    March 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm |
  11. Konrad's World Venture Project

    Having spent time in Russia, Ukraine, and much of Eastern Europe over the past couple years, here is my opinion on 3 key assumptions that the news is completely misguided on: 1) Russia could care less about their "compatriots in Crimea", this is simply propaganda. However, their Black Sea naval base in Crimea is crucial to their national security. That's why they are trying to annex it. They didn't really have much of a choice, but to make sure that this base was secure. Putin's domestic national security has nothing to do with whether he "respects President Obama" or not. He is simply, albeit unfortunately, acting in Russia's self-interest. 2) Ukraine can't simply pick sides and turn to the EU and West. While the country is equally divided with EU vs Russia politically, Ukraine's entire post-Soviet Union economic activity remains built on supplying Russia/Belarus/etc – and all this economic activity is in the eastern part of the country which is pro-Russian. They can't shift that same economic activity to the EU, because a) the western (pro-EU) half doesn't produce much of the industry, and b) there are no other buyers for Ukrainian goods as they simply have low quality products that are more expensive than other parts of the world. If the Western leaning leaders prevail and destroys its relations with Russia, their economy will soon collapse and unemployment will skyrocket. The Eastern, pro-Russian government will likely end up winning the next election or creating another revolution once everyone is unemployed and hungry. 3) This is not the next Cuban Missile Crisis or the "next Cold War" because the United States does not really have much at stake in this fight and likely won't interfere to any meaningful extent.

    March 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm |
    • Nanette Feuling

      Your assessment is insightful and accurate from an economic and political vantage except for the fact that if Russia creates too much trouble, I have "heard" that the US will be glad to pick up the natural gas, etc., exports needed for the region at a fair price. Maybe we do not have such a weak bunch at the helm, after all (not picking polical candidates, here), but our community is strong, and The President does not have to be a superstar or bossman like Putin. He does not mind being unpopular and is really listening to better heads in their areas of expertise for cogent decisions. In that region economically, Russia is as dependent on THEM to buy her supplies as they are on receiving HER supplies (haven't heard an answer to their products being of poor quality for buyers). However, the US remains as a supplier of economic weapon$ to people who need equalization of power against a darker force.

      I have worked for 8 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital and Health System Services as a medical editor and a medical transcriptionist. I edit and type reports for the heads of the departments, the MAJORITY of whom have immigrated from THESE areas, and they are smart, educated, and dedicated to contribute to a better world politically, econiomically, as well as in the alleviation of human suffering.

      And, yes, Russia's Black Sea naval base was at risk under these conditions, but I wondered if he sent these douighboys off to rely on their "temper" control and emotional discipline or IF he was smart enough to be sure they did not know that their guns weren't REALY loaded to avoid a bigger risk!

      Maybe they should start selling blanks to Chicago neighbo'HOODS under Rahm Israel Emanuel and export them from the Ukaraine. Just a thought. =) Thank you for your post.

      March 16, 2014 at 5:39 pm |
      • Nanette Feuling

        ...make that IMPORT them from the Ukraine.

        March 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm |
      • ✠RZ✠

        If Russia creates too much trouble (?) Someone please tell me who put the Ukraine up against the wall in the first place telling them they had to side with either Europe or a Russia?? Far as I know, we deal and trade one way or another with most every country in the world, big time, and if any body told us we had to side with either Mexico or Canada we all know what the reply would be. So what gives in the Ukraine?

        March 17, 2014 at 2:13 am |
      • Nanette Feuling

        You realize, of course, that there was a spellcheck error.

        March 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm |
  12. Ferhat Balkan

    As a Turk, I'm worried for the well being of other ethnic minorities in Crimea. Particularly the Tatars who are my brothers and sisters who are also the indigenous people of the region. They were driven (deported) from their homes in 1944 by Stalin's oppressive regime. Some 200,000 Tatars were given less than 30 minutes to leave their homes and more than half of them died en-route to Siberia/Central Asia. Later, Russian immigrants occupied their homes. Only recently were the Tatar people allowed to return to Crimea by the Ukrainian government after the Soviet collapse. Russia has a long history of oppression, human rights violations & ethnic cleansing against minorities. Crimea falling into Russian hands will certainly mean bad news for the ethnic minorities there including the Ukrainians, Tatars, Azerbaijanis etc. I'm deeply saddened by these turn of events.

    March 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Say Ferhat, what about the oppressed Kurds in your own country who wish to obtain their well deserved independence? I noticed that you didn't mention them. How about giving them a similar plebiscite as the Crimeans got yesterday? At least the Crimeans have a choice whereas the Kurds do not!

      March 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        If the Kurds were so oppressed Joseph, they wouldn't choose to live in Turkey. After all, they're free to do whatever they want. They have as many rights in Turkey as Turks do. We can't hand them over our lands just because they wish it. As for your so called 'choice' in Crimea... Sending in armed troops into Crimea and not giving Ukraine a choice isn't really a choice is it Joseph?

        March 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm |
  13. Nanette Feuling

    Do I ever agree re bumping Fareed's 1 pm showing for drama that sells! I have looked to this Soundoff (CNN board) to specifically find out if it has happened in the past and if all showings of the program were eliminated for today. I would also like to know if there is any repeat program available whenever this has happened before that is not days in the future?

    My major concern was the purposeful ellimination of Fareed's inside poliical vantage in its ability to generate public reaction in either direction, as well as on The Market's opening tomorrow morning in the wake of the vote in Crimea. I am happy to hear that the program was aired 1 time. Hitting at a nation's financial towers has always been the ultimate endgame for historic King-of-the-Mountain political and trade advantage, and I guess we all knew there was trouble brewing when the recently resigned (hmm) US Russian abassador was on Fareed's program immediatelly precedent to Russia's aggression-that along with other precussor indicators.

    We are creatures of habit, and much of the business sector expects and is counting on a significant stock market declince of some kind. Wonder if we can break the bad habit and just who is zooming who in this world-wide political and economic arena?

    March 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm |
  14. We stand with Russia

    Mr.Obama does not want to accept reality – we will never accept "US-S.Korea military collaborations" (that killed millions)!

    March 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Thank you, We stand with Russia. The rest of the world needs to do precisely that, too! The right-wing thugs in Washington sorely need to be told just where to get off and stop their uncalled for interference!

      March 17, 2014 at 9:33 am |
  15. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    March 17, 2014 at 2:25 am |
  16. chrissy

    YES they do! But...its the american citizens that need to tell them where to get off, and if necessary show them the way!!!

    March 17, 2014 at 11:07 am |
  17. chrissy

    The citizens of the US are sick and tired of the likes of McCain and Graham trying to get this country involved in EVERY skirmish and war! And all simply to line their own pockets by keeping THEIR special interest groups happy! They were elected by the citizens to REPRESENT the citizens NOT corporate america (who btw are nothing more than traitors to this country!)

    March 17, 2014 at 11:15 am |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Well said, chrissy. John McCain and Lindsey Graham both need to be incarcerated just for going around and disgracing this country by representing it! We're already the most hated country in the world without these fools dragging this country's name further through the mud. Enough is enough!

      March 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm |
  18. modu

    As United States of America and other Western powers totally disagree with the outcome of the recently held referendum by the Crimea people to leave Ukraine and join with Russia, it is an obligation within the principles of democratic culture for these Western powers to respect the overwhelming voice of the Crimea people. However, Obama and his crew (Western powers) should approach the current Ukrainian political crisis with pragmatic and common sense diplomacy, with such steps of quickly initiating the political will to admitting Ukraine into NATO and EU. As these measures would offset the Crimea people’s decision, diffuse the political maneuver of Putin, and finally, send a direct signal to quasi-totalitarian and expansionist country (ies) of the preparedness of Western powers to support and continue to promote democratic values around the world.

    March 18, 2014 at 5:46 am |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Yes modu, we Americans are great at mouthing off over "democratic values" but at the same time condemn the vote in Crimea and their democratic choice. But then again, I have no recollection of us Americans ever giving either the Iraqis or the Afghans a similar vote on whether by to occupied by the U.S. or not. We seem to talk out of both sides of our mouths! What hypocrisy this is!

      March 18, 2014 at 9:24 am |
  19. Allan Kinsman

    A good point. How do elections truly reflect "the will of the people". Probably the most important question here and the real answer to the question. A topic underplayed in a ever narrowing world.

    March 18, 2014 at 11:05 am |
  20. Allan Kinsman

    The ideals of the first modern republic was to create a place where individuals could pursue life, liberty and a pursuit of happiness. It is truly sad we have failed in this endeavor. Greed again is eating away this opportunity. No matter the measure, a modern economic theory leads us toward a demise. All wars of the last two centuries has come from the coercion of old ideas of dogmatic human control. To find solutions we will need to look to real answers not likely surfacing in a world which seems traveling light speed in a wtong direction.

    March 18, 2014 at 12:42 pm |
    • J. Foster Dulles

      Quite true Allan but unfortunately, current U.S. foreign policy is based on sheer greed and not moral principles. This is why we're sticking our noses into the Crimean affair where they have no place. The bottom line here is that the U.S. along with it's rubber stamp NATO allies want to control all of Ukraine including Crimea but since Crimea broke away, the bullies in Washington are upset!

      March 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
      • Allan Kinsman

        Agreed J. Foster. The only way we can get back on track is serious election reform, getting the lobbyist influence out of Washington and congress getting back to running the country's business through common sense. However, knowing the truth seems never to chamge the conditions of reality.

        March 19, 2014 at 11:47 am |
  21. USA should not mess with Russia

    ´United States of Korea´ does war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Middle East, ... and there are: no WMD, no terrorists, no bad people. STOP ´Korea´ now.

    March 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm |
  22. chrissy

    Boy aint that the truth @ Alan! And the troubling thing to me is its so easy these days to educate oneself on the candidates! A cpl clicks on the computor and its easy access baby! People have to start doing their part! Its your duty to vote and many ppl in many countries are dieing for the right to vote! Americans should feel blessed that they have that privilege!

    March 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm |
  23. chrissy

    Sorry i mispelled your name. It was totally unintentional as i have the utmost respect for you and am always entertained with your opinions. So please forgive me.

    March 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm |

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