Has Putin gone nuts?
March 7 , 2014
Angela Merkel spoke to Vladimir Putin over the phone and suggested that the leader seemed to be "in another world." Julia loffe of the New Republic also said he "has lost it" after Putin's rambling news conference.
However, Marc Champion of Bloomberg thinks differently and considered the fact that Putin may have just "carried out an almost perfect operation, using hard power, covert tactics and disinformation to secure his goals."
He also noted that Putin may not annex Crimea and turn the region "into another frozen conflict zone" instead. Champion also suggested that the Russian president may continue with the option, which would result in being "an autonomous' territory that is bound to Russia but remains the constant object of Ukraine's dreams and source of its insecurities."