This is Putin's way of getting more money for the Russian Military, which he needs to rebuild, so Russia can rule all of Europe. His little invasion of Georgia, was a sign to Europe of things to come for them, if they did not play ball by his rules. The European Union has been aware of this possibility but thought Putin was to nice a guy to do this. Ha, Ha, Ha, they were soo wrong. Putin and his buddies in Russia, "The Russian Moab," put up a friendly front while holding the gun to the back of your head. If you don't go along, BANG, your dead, its all business, nothing personal.
Putin does not like being the world 3rd rate military power behind America and China. He also knows with Obama as President that America will not get in his way for rebuilding the Russian Military. The Chinese Military is a big soar in his side. He has very little to fight them with that is modern.
Putin is POWER HUNGRY like OBama but has nothing to stop him from getting it. OBama is not the total power in thiis nation it is still the people.