Two Myths About the Ukrainian Conflict

Mon, Mar 3, 2014 - 9:36am

Myth # 1: Those who believe that Putin's actions with respect to Ukraine could hurt Russia economically should think again. Global tensions have generally been good for Russia and the current situation is no exception. Russia is not afraid of US administration's sanctions threats. More dollars are about to start flowing to Putin and his friends (see story).

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Myth # 2: Similarly those who don't believe that the Ukrainian conflict will have a major impact on the US (see story) may want to rethink their position. Ignoring these major geopolitical developments just because Ukraine doesn't have a direct economic link to North America is shortsighted.

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