I, like most others in the world, am watching the Crimea situation with interest, but people of my age remember Crimea being part of Russia when we were kids and Kruschev gave it away – without asking anyone, but only from one part of the Soviet Union to another. He would have had no concept of the break up of the USSR which would follow twenty years later.
There was also an agreement in place for Russia to use the Crimea for military purposes.
Suddenly Ukraine ends up in turmoil through corrupt and incompetent leaders and Russia became afraid of losing its bases owing to the Ukraine’s increasingly western leanings. Continue reading