Kasyanov: Putin will not attack Ukraine

According to Mikhail Kasyanov, quoted in an interview for VoA’s Ukrainian service, Putin is not going to attack Ukraine, and is using his troops on the border and acts of sabotage inside Ukraine as a form of blackmail to gain recognition for Russia’s control of Crimea, the payment of Ukraine’s gas debt, Russian as Ukraine’s second state language, and changes to the country’s constitution. But Putin is bluffing. His regime is on its last legs – the Russian economy is in a bad way, and the confidence of investors and creditors is falling. The West need only apply some firm and concerted economic pressure in order to secure Russia’s total collapse.

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