Washington Republicans and military experts on Sunday suggested a range of plans to stop Russia’s effort to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region, while former Defense Secretary Robert Gates predicting such efforts might already be a lost cause.
"You think Crimea's gone?" “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked.
"I do," Gates replied. "I do not believe that Crimea will slip out of Russia's hand."
Gates also said the taking of Crimea appears to be part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s long-term strategy of creating a “Russian bloc” that includes full control of Ukraine, which last month ousted its pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.