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View Diary: The Crimean Conflict is a Global Crisis (254 comments)

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  •  Novorossiysk (5+ / 0-)

    Novorossiysk is Russia's largest warm water port on the Black Sea.

    http://www.worldportsource.com/...

    If the lease extension on Sevastopol is invalidated and Russia is convinced to leave Crimea, they have other places to move their fleet, such as Novorossiysk, where they are already building a naval base (a couple of years off schedule).

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      fcvaguy, OllieGarkey

      They want more influence around the Black Sea, and Crimea is a way to get it.  Right now, they have a limited Black Sea coast, plus the Sea of Azov.  Especially if they end up expanding the Volga-Don Canal, they'll be able to ship that much more petroleum from the Caspian region, but they will want more control in the Black Sea to do so.  I think the bailwick against Russian expansion in the region will likely come from Turkey and its sphere of influence.

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