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Newsweek Polska - Poland | Friday, February 28, 2014

Moscow doesn't want international conflict

The conflict on the Crimean Peninsula is too much even for Russia to deal with, the neutral news magazine Newsweek Polska fears: "Everything points to the situation in the Crimean region rapidly getting out of control. And not because of propaganda from Moscow. Anatoly Mogilev [who resigned as prime minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Thursday] was formerly minister of the interior under Yanukovych, and is a loyal follower of his. He and his nomenklatura clique in the Party of Regions treat the Crimea as the ex-president's last bastion, fostering nationalist sentiment in the process. But Yanukovych's supporters who are promoting separatism must come as a bit of a surprise for the Russians as well. Because in fact Moscow doesn't want an armed intervention or the international complications that would involve, because they could degenerate into a global conflict. And all Moscow would get in exchange is a rather poor peninsula."

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