Brookings Scholars on the Ukraine/Crimea Crisis, 3/20/14

Ukraine has announced plans to remove all 25,000 of its military personnel out of Crimea, while Russian troops continue to operate near Ukraine’s eastern border and the U.S. and allies pursue responses, including sanctions. Brookings experts continue to offer commentary and recommendations on the unfolding challenges. See previous editions of this roundup herehere, and here.

Read excerpts of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s remarks at Brookings yesterday on NATO’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Fiona Hill, director of the Center on the U.S. and Europe and co-author of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (Brookings, 2013), spoke on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about Vladimir Putin’s interest in carving out a sphere of influence more than integrating into Europe:

He’s operating in a very different framework from us and a different one from what people have been assuming all the way along. There’s been this kind of sense that Russia was moving in a different direction. And what Vladimir Putin is saying [is] that Russia’s present is shaped by its past, by this perception of the past. I mean, really, he has put Russia back, but he isn’t putting Russia in a place that leads it forward. And now, we’ve got to figure out, you know, where do we go from here in this relationship?

We’re going to have to basically go back to the drawing board here and think about, well, how do we deal with a Russia that isn’t, in fact, looking forward but is constantly looking back?

Listen below:

Hill also appeared on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” to discuss whether Putin will be satisfied with Crimea. Watch below:

Here is some of what Brookings scholars are saying on Twitter:

See our research and commentary archive on Ukraine.