Andrii Deshchytsia, foreign minister of Ukraine (L), shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
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So, the unthinkable happened: Within a couple of weeks, Vladimir Putin pulled off his blitzkrieg. Russia’s “anschluss” of Crimea heralds a new international reality. To a standing ovation of his parliament on Tuesday, the victorious Russian president signed a treaty decreeing Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation.
Recent events have dealt Europe and the global security system their heaviest blows since the rise of the Berlin Wall. Whether they are ultimately knocked down depends on the world’s reaction. But the adage that “that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” is applicable here.
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