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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sanctions didn't work in North Korea

For the first time in the Russia-Ukraine conflict the sanctions against Moscow are painful for both sides, the conservative daily Lidové noviny notes, but doubts they will have a significant impact on Putin: "The West miscalculated when it entertained hopes that the shooting down of the Malaysian plane, most likely by pro-Russian separatists, would prompt Putin to revise his course. And we can't expect the tighter sanctions to work a miracle either. If he flinches now, the Russian people, who even according to relatively independent surveys support his stance, would see him as a weakling. The West can only hope that the oligarchs affected by the sanctions will exert pressure on Putin. ... On the other hand North Korea, for instance, has survived sanctions for years and is merrily pursuing its arms programme."

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