What is Putin’s next move?

On Tuesday, Russian president Vladimir Putin “completed the first annexation of another European country’s territory” since World War II by absorbing Crimea into the Russian Federation “with the stroke of a pen”, says Kathrin Hille in the Financial Times.

Moscow claims 97% of those who participated in Crimea’s referendum on Sunday voted to join Russia, but no one should “take its validity seriously”, says Con Coughlin in The Daily Telegraph. “In the wake of this landgrab, it is imperative to establish a grand strategy to intensify Russia’s isolation.”

The aim should be to ensure that Putin and his KGB [...]

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