A couple of weeks ago Crimea and Sevastopol almost unanimously voted to re-join Russia. The Crimeans said: we had been unappreciated guests, now we are returning home after a long voyage. The information coming to the surface now shows that if Crimea stayed as part of Ukraine, it would have become a huge NATO/US military base. I seriously doubt that the people of the Crimea would have stood for that, but if such a thing did happen, it would have meant WWIII as Russia would never allow it. From this perspective it’s especially clear why NATO, USA and EU were so shocked that Russia decisively accepted Crimea back. They already considered it theirs.
The city of Sevastopol is the prized possession. This is one of the best harbors in the world. But the entire Crimea is of huge strategic importance – first and foremost, if you want to attack Russia. In addition, Crimea is important for the control over other countries, including Iran and Turkey. As they say, he who controls Crimea, controls the Black Sea.
At least one hospital in Crimea’s capital Simferopol and at least one school in Sevastopol were targeted by the US/NATO just recently. They were planning on turning the hospital into a hospital for their troops after a massive renovation. One of the high schools (a gymnasium) in Sevastopol the Kiev authorities were about to sell to the US to be repurposed as a school for spies, targeting Russia. It was planned that the kids going to that school would be learning languages and spying techniques since an early age.
It appears Americans wanted to turn the Crimea into a massive military/navy/intelligence complex. The famous, one-of-a-kind Soviet underground submarine base in Balaklava, which is now the Museum of the Cold War, was visited in the past several years by at least 25 delegations from the Pentagon, US Navy, NATO and political circles. Kiev gave them access to super-secret Russian/Soviet sectors of the base, which were supposed to be off limits. They studied with great interest the secret documentation and technology.
In Sevastopol, called “the city of the Russian glory” and the “hero city,” the NATO and US navy ships and military have been present for years. The population greeted them with constant protests, which prevented some of the planned joint military exercises. Sometimes, the NATO ships had to leave because of the population’s resistance (protest footage on video below at 1:54). US/NATO ships in the Sevastopol harbor tried many times to “park” right in front of the Russian ships stationed there. As we know, Russia has been leasing its own base on its historic land for $100mln a year from Kiev.
Sevastopol had been the important base of the Russian Fleet since 1776.
In Crimea, the US financed very generously various media, NGOs and politicians, who would essentially become their agents. Of course, much of that was styled as support for democracy.
People of the Crimea felt deeply insulted by such attitude by the bought-and-paid-for Kiev and such disrespect of their heritage and wishes by the US/NATO. The readers of this blog are international. The majority are Americans, Europeans and Canadians. I write this for the people from all over the world so they would learn and understand things that their own governments and MSM hide or distort.
It probably isn’t a secret for the Americans how much they are hated around the world. It is because of such arrogance and blatant disregard for others that Americans will feel a lot of difficulty traveling and getting people to cooperate with them in the coming years – and I am putting this very mildly. It will be very hard for the Crimeans to forget the uninvited American ships in their harbor. Same is true for many, many people around the globe. And the way EU behaves, Europeans are quickly joining Americans in this unflattering lineup. Believe me, no one needed to convince Crimeans to re-join Russia. To them, NATO, EU and US signify slavery, while Russia signifies freedom.
The goal of all these plans was to turn Ukraine into a geopolitical black hole – a massive weapon against Russia on its borders. The diabolical nature of the plan was to pit against each other two very close, brotherly peoples, essentially to pit against each other two parts of a single culture; have them fight against their own interests and in the interests of the US. Hitler once said that only when they succeeded in making Russians living in Ukraine believe they were not Russian, would they win. US/EU almost succeeded in making it happen, but not quite.
I have spoken many times about this before, and I’ll say it again. All of these plans will backfire and the tedious process of the reversal of all the damage done will start soon. Ukraine will be disenchanted with the EU and US. The problem is, before this happens, Ukraine will completely destroy its economy and get to the point of near ruin. Unfortunately, Russia will have to support Ukraine, despite their horrific attitude towards Russia; when Ukraine realizes that it’s been had by the US/EU and turns back to Russia, unfortunately with a ruined economy, Russia will AGAIN have to shell out quite a bit to get it up and running.
This is not the first time. In such situation, Russia will have to decide pragmatically what parts of today’s Ukraine they are willing to help, and what parts – not.
People of the East and South of Ukraine feel the impending doom if they stay a part of Ukraine. This is why they will be very smart to secede. Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov and Odessa have formed the people’s republics. I have more truly sensational breaking news on that topic – stay tuned for the next post!
Incidentally, Serbia is asking to join the Customs Union with Russia, although they are being dragged kicking and screaming into the EU. Previously, Turkey asked to join. And even Israel is considering joining – I know this sounds like a joke, but nevertheless.
Watch report about the failed US/NATO plans for the Crimea (in Russian). See the map of the Sevastopol harbor at 3:19. The Head of the Balaklava Cold War Submarine Museum: “Sevastopol wasn’t just a favorite dream for Turkey or the US. It’s one of the very best military harbors in the entire world. Inside the hidden Sevastopol harbor, there are 12 baby harbors. This is the unsurpassed navy base. They wanted it really bad.”