Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | Categories: Features
President Vladimir Putin gives speech to Russian Parliament on March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Russia formalized its takeover of Crimea today after brushing off the West's sanctions. With fears growing that Eastern Ukraine could be Vladamir Putin's next target, some European politicians are calling the West's response "pathetic." Senior British MP and chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, is one of those politicians.Russia's official annexing of Crimea today was punctuated by a speech nearly one hour long from Vladimir Putin. In it he waxed not only about Crimea coming home to Russia, but about the wars in Kosovo and Syria, NATO's expansion and how the West has 'crossed a line'.