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Response to morningfog (Original post)

Fri Mar 21, 2014, 08:13 AM

3. No...

Putin wouldn't give back Crimea even if we nuked Moscow, because men like him will never admit they made a mistake about anything. What the sanctions are intended to due to create internal pressure on him in Russia to disuade him from making future rash invasions like he did in Crimea. It is easy, and even expected, for a man like Putin to ignore any demands or requests made from the west. He wouldn't grant any Western request even if it was for us to give him a billion dollars no questions asked. But when the Russia people and his own inner circle start feeling the heat, only from his own inner circle is a person like Putin going to respond to pressure.

and the sanctions in place now are by no means gonig to cripple Russia. They are just a "shot across the bow". What is really going to hurt Russia in the coming year is the effect of "driving away" the EU and USA from trade. Basically they just ticked off their biggest spending and most wealthy customers. These entities are going to deal more with each other and leave Russia on the outside, which is going to force Russia to drop their prices to move any goods at all, which is going to depress their economy even more.

Despite the love fest between Putin, his people, and the Republicans, his move was VERY short sited, inspired by anger of Yanukovich being ousted, and in the long term is going to damage his country.

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