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Western Sanctions on Russia Will Remain Stable in 2020

Dec 23, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin at his annual press conference on Dec. 19, 2019, in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at his annual press conference on Dec. 19, 2019, in Moscow.

(MIKHAIL SVETLOV/Getty Images)

While Russia has so far weathered the increasing number of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union since its 2014 seizure of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine, the West has the power to severely dim Moscow's long-term outlook. It will almost certainly refrain from doing so in 2020, however, though it might slow down one of Russia's natural gas pipeline projects and lessen its ability to sell military hardware abroad....

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