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You're reading: Timothy Ash: Russia’s Putin outwits West again by annexing Ukraine’s Crimea

U.S. President Barack Obama administration appeared not to want to back the Putin administration into a corner, but in the event Moscow seems to have taken this as a sign of weakness, and moved instead to quickly seize on its advantage in Crimea by moving to annexation.

The question is what the West can/will do now.

There have been plenty of angry tweets from Western politicians, but not much substance in terms of effective actions/sanction on Moscow.

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