Russia’s strategic line in the current war on Ukraine doesn’t stop at the Crimea as most maps depict, but goes all the way southwards to the Mediterranean. Maps are more than the depiction of state borders, geographical features, demographic indicators, climatic conditions and all such necessary descriptive information. The way we present maps betrays the way we perceive geopolitical events and crises. Europe must plan for the eventuality that the Eastern Mediterranean is rapidly becoming a dangerous touch point with Russia, particularly now that Turkey has closed the two strategic straits of the Bosporus and the Dardanelles to all warships thus breaking the Russian Navy’s sea bridge between the Crimea to the Mediterranean. This should be a wake-up call for Europe that the Mediterranean is an integral geostrategic part of the conflict’s jigsaw.
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