I think your chronology may be off
maybe op should start reading calendars russia not wanting nato to expand eastwards and nato being aware of it is minimum late 80s
Invading crimea was literally BEST idea for preventing ukraine joining nato. BEFORE SNOWFLAKES FEEL OFFENDED: Nato nas strict rules for a country in order to join. One of most important of them is that a country has to have safe, full and INTACT. Anexion of crimea made it impossible to have borderline intact since a part of a country was no longer it's part. Can't explain in it in any simpler way.
Yeah, those damn Russians, putting their country so close to all those NATO bases.
same can said about us nato cou tries.... if you didnt wawnt crimea invaded you shouldnt have couped ukraine.... it all depends on where on the timeline we start
Actions have consequences indeed. The west has been playing war for far too long. Thinking they can force their ways into the world. But most importantly, thinking that a war "somewhere else" will never truly have a negative impact for them.
But nato wanted to expand and take ukraine and georgia in 2008...
Well their argument is a open check that after german unification no extention to east. In retaliation of 2004 extentions they invade crimea.