But, most of all, it needs neutrality to take on the moderating middle position that geopolitics requires it to occupy.Yes indeed, know your place, Ukraine. Forget about choosing your own direction; obey the geopolitics. You are designed to be a Russian buffer state. Too bad if you want to join the EU!
Olson, of course, is a multifaceted twit.
Crimea would provide Russia with Sevastopol, its only warm water port, and that Ukraine would provide the near-desert Crimea and Sevastopol with fresh water and electricity.
Actually, Sevastopol averages about 18" of rain a year, about the same as North Platte, NE. It's classed as humid subtropical (Cfa), like, for example, Sao Paolo Brazil.
Olson also parrots Putin's line that the Ukrainian protestors are neo-Nazis, and claims they 'forbad' all languages but Ukrainian. I can find no evidence of the latter, and the former claim has been discredited.