The EU is wrong to perform its current diplomatic sabre -rattling routine.
The reality is that the interest which Russia has in Sevastopol, and hence Crimea, is vital to her; more vital to her than Portsmouth is to the UK.
The old arrangement, the one put in place by Khrushchev at a time when no one dreamt that the USSR would ever fall or fail, gave Russia all she needed and let Ukraine have her place on the world stage.
The EU has disturbed that when Baroness Ashton (The English Woman) carried out her pas de deux with Kiev. It is the EU which has the expansionist mindset.
So why all this EU peacocking? Is it because it takes the eye off the Eurozone crisis?
I think so: It is an old ploy, and a dangerous one at that.