Waiting for a Reality Check in Crimea, Five Years on
Feb 27, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
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- Russia has solidified its control over Crimea, but the contestation of that control by Ukraine and the West continues to loom large in their respective relations with Moscow.
- Military action or more sanctions are unlikely to convince Russia to relinquish control over Crimea.
- The disconnect between pragmatically achievable objectives and symbolic resistance to Crimea's annexation has created a standoff that is now perpetuating itself.
- In international relations, extended crises or disputes eventually behoove affected parties to accept realities, albeit at a cost to those involved.