Oil and sanctions pose existential threat to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin is under increasing pressure (photo: dpa)
Russian President Vladimir Putin is under increasing pressure (photo: dpa)

The West’s sanctions against Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis are beginning to bite and the Kremlin may be forced to confront the twin threats of economic breakdown and political turmoil. Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, has indicated that he is preparing to endure a decade of sanctions. The key to the outcome, however, is the price of oil, which has fallen sharply and on which Russia’s economy is heavily dependent.

UKRAINE appears to be digging in for a very long war with Russia. In turn, the Kremlin seems to be digging in for an equally long stand-off with the West.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin claims the West has ...

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