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  1. Will Russia Respond to Economic Sanctions?

    Even Iran has warned Russia to take Western threats seriously, but Putin and his supporters are standing firm in the face of strict sanctions levied by the U.S. and EU this week. While sanctions eventually worked in Iran, Russia is a far more powerful economic player and, as a key energy supplier, can put the squeeze on its European neighbors. What’s more, given the strength of nationalist sentiment in Russia, the Kremlin may continue its encroachment on Ukraine even if it means facing an especially harsh winter.

    Washington Post, WSJ (sub)

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