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Ukraine signs EU trade pact as Russia finalizes Crimea annexation


Turkey’s limitations in the Black Sea and Crimea


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The title of the EurasiaNet article contained an element of black humor. It read, “As Black Sea ‘Boils,’ Turkish Navy Heads To … Africa.”

US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun sets sail in the Bosporus, on its way to the Black Sea, March 7, 2014. (photo by REUTERS)
AuthorCengiz ÇandarPosted March 19, 2014
Translator(s)Timur Goksel

The humor is even more apparent in the lead paragraph: “A small Turkish naval flotilla is setting out on a three-month, 28-country circumnavigation of Africa. It will be the first time in 148 years that Turkish ships have rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and an ambitious demonstration of Turkey’s rising ambitions in Africa. But the timing of the deployment is awkward, coming just as the security situation around the Black Sea is becoming more precarious.”

Not many people noticed this report. Turks are riveted by the upcoming March 30 local elections. They even refuse to show interest in events “next…

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the speakers of the country’s upper and lower houses of Parliament signed a deal today that formally annexes Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Russia’s upper house of Parliament unanimously approved the ratification of the treaty today, a day after the lower house, the State Duma, overwhelmingly passed it.

Russia’s moves to annex Crimea, following a contested weekend referendum in the Black Sea peninsula, have turned a confrontation with Europe and the United States into the biggest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.

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