WorldViews: Why Kazakhstan and Belarus are watching Crimea very, very carefully

By Adam Taylor, March 11, 2014

For most former Soviet states, the consensus about Russia's overtures in Crimea is very simple: It's bad.

Georgia, itself on the receiving end of Russia's military in 2008, isn't too pleased, with President Giorgi Margvelashvili saying Moscow's moves "represent flagrant interference in the internal affairs of the sovereign state [ ] and pose a threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity." Estonia's Foreign Ministry said that Russia's actions threatened the "sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Ukraine, while representatives of Lithuania and Latvia have also spoke out to criticize Moscow.

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