Russian tanks lined up in Belorussia for the joint Russian-Belorussian military exercises called 'Zapad 2013.' (Getty Images)
In a March 18 speech announcing the annexation of Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin made the case that the people of Crimea had the right to determine their political fate and strongly hinted that ethnic Russians outside the Russian Federation had the same right.
That logic now can be applied by Moscow to Western allies on the periphery of Russia, in line with Putin's presumed long-term goal: destabilizing NATO along Russia's borders.
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