March 3, 2014
WINNING THE BELTWAY RIGHT WAY:
Search on to find face-saving Ukraine exit for Vladimir Putin (Peter Spiegel in Brussels and Kathrin Hille in Moscow, 3/03/14, Financial Times)
Although the US and EU could hit Russian economic interests through sanctions, diplomats stressed on Monday that their priority was different: lowering tensions and offering Vladimir Putin a face-saving way out of the crisis.
Ukraine crisis sends Russian stock market tumbling (Phillip Inman, Dominic Rushe in New York and Alec Luhn in Moscow, 3/03/14, The Guardian)
Putin is "winning" in much the same way House Republicans won the budget crisis in '08.Russia's financial system punished Vladimir Putin far more swiftly than western diplomacy on Monday, as the Moscow stock market suffered one of its biggest one-day falls in recent years and the rouble tumbled sharply in a first nervous reaction to the Kremlin's gambit in Crimea.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2014 7:11 PM