Ukranian PM Appeals for International Help

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Mar. 3 (Bloomberg) –- University of Sydney Professor Graeme Gill discusses the situation in Ukraine which has reached out to the International community for help as Russia sent in its troops. He speaks to Angie Lau on Bloomberg Television’s “Asia Edge.” (Source: Bloomberg)


Joining us is the professor.

He is an expert on politics and the often tends relationship between moscow and kiev.

Why are things so intense right now between the ukraine and moscow.

What we have seen has been the overthrow of a legitimate government and the establishment of a new government, which has been unsure of itself, with -- but which is trying to create a situation in which it can become more closely aligned with the european union that ukraine was -- then ukraine was in the past.

President putin is taking exception because he what the ukraine associated with russia, and it seems neither the eu nor russia are willing to accept a ukraine which is or equidistant from both.

If you take a look at the map of ukraine and where crimea sets, it really is integral to russia's naval dominance.

It is really their only access to the global waterways.

Talk about the history of crimea and what it means for russia's power base.

Crimea has always been important as a military base for the soviet union and now for russia because it provides an outlet onto the black sea.

Russia could conceivably have other outlets onto the black sea, and it does, but these are mainly civilian ports, where this is set up as a military base and therefore has all the wherewithal the russian navy requires.

Russia clearly wants to retain that because it provides that outlet to the black sea and therefore into the mediterranean.

If it wanted to exercise its influence in the mediterranean in any other way we would have to go all the way around the european continent in order to do so, so strategically, crimea is important for russia and maintaining its military rights is important for russia.

It's got 58% of ethnic russians there in the crimea.

You have got president obama sending secretary of state john kerry to kiev.

How much is this going to impact this showdown between the ukraine and russia?

It really depends very much upon what president obama decides to do and what president putin decides to do.

The true fact is there is no stomach in the u.s. for sending ground troops in, and in many ways unless foreign ground troops are going, it seems difficult to see how external powers can exercise any direct influence on what happens on the ground.

Clearly what the american government would try to do is get russia to withdraw by threatening various sorts of types of pressure that can be applied economically, politically on the international stage.

I guess that's what they are going to try to do.

Kerry going to kiev signals the u.s. believes key evidence in the right and russia is in the wrong and will do what it can to bring about a resolution of the issue, but as far as putin is concerned, i don't think this will cut much ice with him.

He sees this as being just another instance of when the united states and europe have sought to extend their influence into what he sees as russia's traditional back yard.

Military presence excepted, we have heard from john mccain basically saying that is off the table.

Whether or not that was ever on the table.

What is it going to take short of that to get russia to leave if it is going to work?

I think what russia is after is to establish a situation in which it's continuing access to the military base in crimea is guaranteed, regardless of what happens in kiev, regardless of what sort of government there is, and the second thing it wants is the government will not get into bed with the eu, that it will continue to retain some close associations with russia.

If it could get that, i think

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