Perhaps, it would be best to consult with Dick Cheney for clarification - but, do we correctly recall that when the U.S.A. entered Iraq in that most famous of democratic rescue missions; that Iraq had an accumulated $400 Billion USD debt load with Russia and two other European countries? And, further, that the U.S.A. immediately declared that only $100 Billion would be honoured ? ... And, it is reported on March 6th 2014, that the Ukraine cannot pay the $2B owed to Russia for the February delivery of natural gas.
Now, today, a US-based oil company Chevron is planning to invest $10 B into Crimean gas developments. So, would Chevron likely get a better deal from the Ukraine or from Russia ? ... Didn't Condoleezza Rice come from Chevron's Board ?
And, oh, about the Pope (1453) let's not forget the Terra Nullius Papal Bulls Inter Caetera and Romanus Pontifex that declared that all non-Christian territories would be considered not inhabited by humans. A matter that impressed a British monarch when he gave have of Turtle Island north of the 49th // to his cousin Prince Rupert of Germany ... I.E., Canada was inhabited by non-Christians ... n.b. 50,000 children died in Indian Residential Schools before 1996. Currently, 60,000 Day Scholars have a 2009 $15B class action launched in Manitoba by lawyer Joan Jack ... and, remember, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that First Nations Peoples are considered 10% / only worth 10% in economic value compared to non-indigenous Peoples on reserves - that has also applied to the standard of compensation at the Indian Residential Schools.