Lithuanian President Adamkus predicted Crimea's annexation six years ago

In August six years ago, as everyone's eyes were on Beijing Summer Olympics, Russia invaded Georgia. Military actions between the two countries were short, but they have gained more significance since then as many now see the conflict as dress rehearsal for Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Valdas Adamkus in 2008
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