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But, if Russia’s position were valid that Crimea now constituted an independent State—that is, if Crimea had realized its separation from Ukraine as a matter of international law—then it is unclear why the putative State’s municipal legal subdivisions were of concern to a third State extending recognition to it. A coherent position is hard to distil from the form of words in Russia’s act of recognition. In any event, the recognition of Crimea’s putative independence was short-lived. It was a step on the way to annexation.

Radical social changes have occurred over the past seventy years, and internal strife has been the cause of enormous suffering. It is understandable that observers might overlook the stability in light of so much change and in light of the disastrous effects of internal armed conflict. However, as will be argued in the chapters that follow, the stability that now has been placed at risk is of central importance. To ignore the importance of stability in the specified sense is a mistake. Territorial claims are intractable claims.

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