Russian geopolitical advancements in the Black Sea Region: the annexation of Crimea

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The annexation of Crimea is not an ordinary event in contemporary international relations. Since WWII, there has been no precedent in Europe when one state under dubious premises has forcefully annexed a part of another state. This article scrutinizes the Crimean case in the context of the ongoing Ukrainian crisis and uncovers the rationale behind Russia’s aggressive policies in the Black Sea Region. To accomplish this task, several steps have been undertaken. Primarily, the recent speeches of Russian officials and Kremlin-originated documents have been analyzed. Secondly, the tactics favored by the Kremlin to achieve its geopolitical goals have been explained and assessed (through applying frameworks of meta-geography and soft power security). Thirdly, the future prospects for Crimea with its gradual transformation in the counter- NATO fortress have been outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Specialist publicationAthenaeum: Polish Political Science Studies
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Ukrainian crisis
  • Black Sea Region
  • Russian geopolitics
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Crimean annexation
  • critical geopolitics
  • metageography

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