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. Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2014 7:11 PMRussia'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.