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The embargo was intended to serve as an act of retaliation in response to Western sanctions, but it will strongly affect the Russian economy.
Russia’s strategic goal regarding Ukraine remains unchanged – the permanent subordination of that country.
The interests of the Russian Church and the Kremlin, which have coincided for years, have now come into conflict.
The Kremlin’s confrontational attitude towards the West means that we cannot expect the sanctions and the economic effects of the deterioration of Russia’s image to alleviate its political course in the short term.
Kyiv’s efforts to bring a swift conclusion to the war in the Donbas stand in contrast with the objectives of Russia.
The decision concerning Moscow’s annexation of Crimea was taken off the cuff, with no calculation of the costs of integrating it with the rest of Russia.