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As the clock ticks down to Crimea's March 16 referendum, where residents will vote to align with Russia or to stay in Ukraine, RT looks at what the sunny Black Sea peninsula can offer economically and what ties it has with Moscow and Kiev.
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if russia goes to war with ukraine...........uk riane will win.... with no help from the west!
We will bring them civilisation, we will bring them light. All they need is our protection and our freedom.
Ar e you using that muscle?
The prize is in the oil. Without those oil fields Ukraina cannot tell to the EU and US - "look we got some oil give us some money and we will repay it!".
Ukrai na is now a I-V state for EU (if they chose to support them) - there's no more tourism, there's no more oil, and let's not get started on the economy...
Greece has oil?
Consid ering they get the most money from EU they must have wast amounts.
So why is their economy so shitty?
Als o oil doesn't beat all.
EU expansion may be about the people rather than resources..
[quote name='Mohammad Fakhry Elsaidy' time='18.03.2014 11:46']When Sadam Hussein invaded Kuwait the west declared war on Iraq!!!!!!!!!! but when Russia annex Crimea the west reacts only by economic sanctions!!!!![/quot e]Yeah. Blame Israel.
Or there happened to be a lot of oil in Iraq and Kuwait and a weaker military in Iraq whereas Crimea doesn't matter much for the US and fighting Russia is a different story.
When Sadam Hussein invaded Kuwait the west declared war on Iraq!!!!!!!!!! but when Russia annex Crimea the west reacts only by economic sanctions!!!!! isn't that duality exposes the western world unfairness and sloppiness based on Israel's strategic objectives? with Iraq Israel was in great need for destroying the Iraqi military, thus the west reacted by destroying the Iraqi military, but with Crimea Israel has no conflicting interest whatsoever, thus the west reacts cooooool !!!!!!
did you see the numbers above? Crimea's budget deficit is $1 billion and Ukraine has been injecting $1.1 billion of state funds donations to Crimea annually. It looks like Crimea was a loss for Ukraine in financial perspectives.
Losing Krym is pretty much a death blow to Yatsenyuk and the crew. They now have no collateral for western backed loans. Tourist industry will now be non-existent and more Ukrainians will end up unemployed.
St op listening to all the propaganda. Seriously, it is clear you have no idea what is going on here. Most Ukrainians in the Eastern States to not recognize the new Government in Kiev. The other cities in the East are taking votes this week to not recognize Kiev, but your News doesn't tell you that.
Stop generalizing please, I watch both - pro and anti government news, ukrainian, russian and international news, only people who want referendum in eastern Ukraine are russian citizens who create fake meetings. SBU has already started an investigation on this case.
These proud and resilient people have a chance now to determine their own future, may they succeed without the interference from the morally corrupt west.
Ukr aine has already signed a gas deal with German RWE to buy gas in 2012 under the agreement deliveries take start in mid 2014 at a price level below the discount rate that Ukraine enjoyed from Gasprom.
RWE delivers gas from the Netherlands & Norway to Ukraine, meanwhile Germany can import more gas from Russia because they already pay far less then Ukraine under discount rate. Only loser Gasprom
Germany does not have enough gas to give Ukraine and Europe the gas they need. That line through Ukraine also serves Europe.
How can Crimea be any kind of prosperous economic zone after the referendum if it won’t be recognized by any country, except maybe for Syria and Russia?
The special economic zone idea is good, but I would prefer it for Kaliningrad first. Just clean out all the junkies and the losers that took root there since '91 and turn the area into a massive "window to the West." This way Russia can service the majority of the Eurasian landmass with its special economic zones: serve the Baltic/North Europe from Kaliningrad, the Mediterranean from Crimea, and the Far East/Pacific from Vladivostok(?). I fully trust that Russia can not only pull this off, but eventually guide Ukraine back to brotherly Rus and bring the people the prosperity they deserve.
IMF and nato are the winners. ukraina be greece nr 2
How long ukraine will exist in its present form..not for along..it is a failed state run bu fascist who Russia will handle accordingly.
Clearly Crimea will lose in this deal-Russia will make it up with financial aid, cost to Russian citizens, and take any oil found in the Black sea. The real question is where will Russia get the capital?
I don't get it, you answered your own question before you asked it? What kind of rhetoric is that?
Once again I"m reminded of the irony of the ongoing NATO agitprop campaign against Russia, dubbed #SochiFail by participants and observers alike - which the world knows today as nothing short of the biggest failure in the propaganda war against Putin to date.
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