I was drinking my morning cup of coffee and checking on the rumors that America was messing around in the Crimea again. If you ever had any doubts that the USA was messing around in Ukraine then let those doubts be cleared up.
“In December 2008, Ukraine and the U.S. signed an agreement on defense and security cooperation, as well as the development of economic, trade and energy ties in the region. Under the terms of the agreement, Ukraine allowed the U.S. to open an office in Simferopol.”
Now lets get to the heart of this matter. Simferopol is the capital of the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea. This means the Crimea is like South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia.
That is not a good thing and it seems that Ukraine has every intention of causing an issue in a Republic that wants to be free from Ukraine. Most of the Crimean’s have Russian passports and have very close ties to Russia.
So what does this all mean? It means a lot of political tension that is not necessary and will help destabilize the area. Ukraine seems to have lost any common sense lately and by allowing the USA to open up a diplomatic office in Simferopol creates this type of problem:
“Crimean demonstrators had a bonfire on Wednesday at the Capital of Crimea. A Uncle Sam dummy was set aflame during a protest rally against Ukraine plans to open a U.S. diplomatic office in Simferopol, (the capital of) the autonomous republic of Crimea. The dummy, with a model cruise missile in each hand and the words U.S.A. written on it, was covered in petrol and set alight as hundreds of people attended a protest rally in front of the republic’s upper house of parliament.”
It seems that the Crimean’s feel that America will only be there to spy and help undermine the Black Sea Fleet Base.
Guess what? They are right!
Posted by Kyle Keeton
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PS: I hope on one of our many trips to the Crimea and Ukraine, that they don’t think I am the American dummy…