Local Professor Talks Crimea Crisis

By Kelly Choate | kchoate@pahomepage.com

Published 03/16 2014 06:17PM

Updated 03/16 2014 06:24PM

Dallas, Luzerne County -- Dr. Christopher Stevens has a vested interest when it comes to the crisis in Ukraine.

The Assistant Professor of History and Government at Misericordia University has been paying close attention to the Crimean peninsula.

People in Ukraine's Crimea region voted in a controversial referendum on seceding from the Ukraine to join Russia. The vote was deemed illegal, and because Russia essentially controls the peninsula from a political standpoint, Stevens said it offers a false choice to the people.

The voting has put the United States and Russia on the kind of collision course not seen since the end of the Cold War.

Stevens said the United States should continue to put pressure on Russia and consider targeted sanctions, and at the same time, he said Ukrainian authorities need to cooperate with Russia. But for now, Stevens said the future is uncertain.

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