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The Irish Times - Ireland | Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crimea has the right to be Russian

The West should stop threatening Moscow and accept that the broad majority of Crimeans really want to join Russia, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times demands: "Vladimir Putin may run a vicious regime but the people of Crimea have a right to be accepted as Russian if that's what they want, which evidently they do. Last Sunday's poll can be said to have fallen short of the shifting norms of democratic propriety, but none of the Western leaders who have been blustering about 'making Putin pay' has challenged the reliability of the outcome as a measure of majority feeling in the region. The people have spoken, perhaps in tones that fall harshly on Western ears, but making their wishes clear enough."

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