Russian state media have issued threatening warnings today, which have subsequently been contested by the country's diplomatic officials. But Vladimir Putin has had nothing public to say, and officials of the new government in Ukraine are warning about the prospect of an invasion. If Russia does intend to forcefully take control of Crimea, it would violate international laws on territorial integrity. Already, the western powers have threatened various ways to isolate Russia diplomatically and economically. Does Vladimir Putin care?
Russia Makes Threatening Moves in Crimea
Will Englund - Washington Post, Eugene Rumer - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - @eugene_rumer, Dmitri Trenin - Carnegie Moscow Center - @DmitriTrenin, P.J. Crowley - George Washington University - @PJCrowley