The dastardly act of blowing up Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukrainian airspace, a few days after US President Barack Obama and the European Union (EU) announced sanctions against Russia, can be dismissed as mere coincidence, but in the world of cutthroat power politics, it is tough to wish it away as thus.
After reviewing Russian attempts to end the crisis in Ukraine as a failure, the fresh sanctions have been designed to hit Moscow where it hurts the most — banking, energy, defence and the Ukrainian separatists. The decisions have been ratified by EU leaders. The net around Russian President Vladimir...
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