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    Quote Originally Posted by squirrel View Post
    So please forgive me to ask this but...... what's the chance Ukraine can reclaim Crimea?
    None. While Russia supports separatists and self-determination in other countries it's not so keen about it on their own turf. (RF actually passed a law for stricter criminal responsibility for separatism this spring. Also the Crimean Tatars that participated in recent protests were dubbed "extremists" and there is an ongoing prosecution against them.) While the economic situation in the Crimea would hardly live to the expectations of pro-russian crimeans still a partial dissolution of RF would be required to get the Crimea back. (Which may be not completely out of the question considering RF's share of internal conflicts, dwindling freedoms and not-so-bright economy. However even more liberal Russian politicians usually consider the Crimea a Russian territory.)

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    but the sanctions can't well be in effect forever, can they?


    Aren't there a few countries like Iran and North Korea that we are pretty much sanctioning forever because they won't stop with their evil ways?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xercies View Post
    Aren't there a few countries like Iran and North Korea that we are pretty much sanctioning forever because they won't stop with their evil ways?[/COLOR]
    Well, more or less. The sanctions tend to be lessened when they are good boys and sharpened again when they're naughty. But Russia is different. There's a significant exchange going on between Russia and many western nations, and western companies have invested heavily in Russia. Russia is also a major global power. Having these restrictions in place indefinitely is to the benefit of no one, I believe. Long term, cooperation is the way forward (granted, that's probably not the case for Putin & co).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanbuoy View Post
    but the sanctions can't well be in effect forever, can they?
    Ask Cuba about that.
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