Why Moscow's recent move to reintegrate Crimea was drastic, risky and shows that Crimea has strategic value.
"We were aware [of the threat of reprisal], but the referendum was our only chance for freedom. We feared if we delayed further, we might not get another chance."
"Why aren't you toasting?" the Russian asked through his interpreter. "You see, General," the American replied, "I am a recovering alcoholic and I cannot touch a drop." The words were translated, and the General replied, "In Russia, we do not have that problem."
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