Following the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight killing nearly 300 tourists and air crew
Perceptive and interesting article; good to see due and sensitive attention paid to the Russian perspective (and the beleaguered position of the Russophone minority within Eastern Ukraine who have felt threatened for the past seven/eight years, and especially in past 12 months). Note also the potential for (re)escalating tensions arising from the recent big fall in crude oil prices, now having a seriously adverse impact on Russian state revenues and balance-of-payments. This new Russian financial and fiscal crisis looks set to raise several political temptations for Putin and his ministers in coming months.
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