Don’t make Ukraine about energy

Don’t make Ukraine about energy / Andreas Goldthau, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Op-Ed, 2/05/2014

http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/24175/dont_make_ukraine_about_energy.html

As tensions in Ukraine continue to rise, G7 countries have decided to impose new sanctions on Russia. Sanctions targeting the energy sector, which account for roughly 25 percent of Russian GDP and half the country’s budget revenues, have increasingly gained support. Yet, energy sanctions are not the way to go, as the price will be too high—not for Russia, but for Europe. Instead, policy strategies should aim at disentangling energy from indisputable security aspects surrounding the Ukraine crisis…


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