Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Vladimir Putin Just Bought a Country. Should the U.S. Care? - Susan B. Glasser - POLITICO Magazine

How much does it cost to buy a country? Ask Vladimir Putin. He just got a great deal on one. For $15 billion in loans, a steep discount off Russia’s regular gas price this freezing winter and who knows what other undisclosed terms, Putin on Tuesday cemented his pact with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. It’s the payoff for Yanukovych’s decision to turn Ukraine back east into Putin’s sphere of influence— and reject the painstakingly negotiated accession agreement to the European Union he was supposed to sign a couple weeks ago. Der Spiegel calls this Ukrainian maneuver the capstone of Putin’s “most successful year yet.”


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