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You're reading: Brian Fox: The pseudo East-West divide

Vladimir Putin is not going to have a change of heart and voluntarily give up something that he now so clearly controls and had obviously planned for so long in obtaining. 

Before we escalate this into a replay of the 20th Century cold war when a false dichotomy was projected onto many countries’ conflicts as an ideological, East/West divide; everyone should take a deep pause.

The simple facts are that Russia has had a naval presence in Crimea since the 18th Century.

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