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Newsweek Polska - Poland | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fruit embargo is a boomerang

The West will retain the upper hand in the end despite Russian counter-sanctions, Newsweek Polska magazine predicts: "The new EU sanctions won't break Putin immediately. But he is finally really taking Europe seriously. The Russian president only understands tough language. He may have immediately introduced counter-measures, but Europe and the US will prove stronger in the end. Ultimately the Kremlin will pay the political and economic price for the war in Ukraine. Never before has Europe adopted such a clear position against Moscow. ... Russia, now burdened by the sanctions, is increasingly a political pariah. Even if Putin launches an all-out trade war, cuts off gas supplies and extends the fruit embargo to meat and other EU goods, ultimately it will be the Russians who suffer. Because Russia's agricultural sector is inefficient and can't meet the demands of its 140 million inhabitants."

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