March 4, 2014

Why Putin Isn't Worried About Sanctions

Marina Koren, National Journal

The Associated Press

The Russian president is betting that any sanctions would be relatively short-lived. Pushing Putin too far could be dangerous. Many European nations haven't forgotten about their deep economic ties to Russia, including their dependence on its crude oil and natural-gas exports. For Western Europe, implementing serious economic sanctions would be unwise, as Russia could retaliate by cutting off the gas pipelines that run through Ukraine to Europe. And U.S. sanctions would barely make a dent in the Russian economy: Russia accounts for less than 2 percent of American trade.

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TAGGED: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, Vladimir Putin

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