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De Morgen - Belgium | 11/02/2015

Putin will lose out in the end

Whatever the outcome of the negotiations in Minsk Russia will come out the loser, political scientist Jonathan Holslag predicts in the left-leaning daily De Morgen: "Even a diplomatic success in Minsk will be followed by a political hangover. The curtain of propaganda cannot hide the desperate state of the Russian economy or the plight of the population. ... Putin could respond by taking the initiative and fuelling nationalism with a strong foreign policy. But the question is how long he can keep this up. Economically and militarily his means are limited. The war in Ukraine will only accelerate Russia's decline. It not only puts domestic security at risk but could also lead to further shifts in the geopolitical dividing lines."

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