If you see it then you can bet Putin also saw it a long time ago. I'm talking about a lucky convergence of major pipelines on top of potentially huge shale gas reserves.
Everyone sees this as an aggressive ballsy action by Putin but I think there is more to it. I think Russia's grab of the Crimean peninsula is a losers move. It is the petulant result of losing the strategic energy power game Russia has been playing for many years.
We've all heard about the bloody Black Sea Fleet. It is the reason behind Syria and it is also the reason behind the invasion of the Crimea region as well. If Russia can't lord control over Ukraine with their pipelines, they will simply take control of the region containing their Naval Base and its infrastructure.
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So what can Ukraine do? Annexation of Crimea is sufficient grounds to nationalize Russian assets in Ukraine starting with the pipelines and refineries. Ironically this could help wrangle the skittish Europeans into a tougher stance on Russia's economy. They still worry about the gas supply.
If the Germans are unwilling to pitch in against a belligerent thug in their back yard perhaps the Americans would consider moving Ramstien Air Base to Ukraine? I'm sure they would be greatly appreciated there in military and economic terms.
Canada can assist in this by providing expertise in developing Ukraine's resources and possibly supplementing Europe's oil and gas requirements. Sanctions on Russia might work but Free Trade with Ukraine is a must. Peace Keepers are also an option.
Your move Putin.