Obama sanctions more Russians over Crimea, but keeps US energy weapon sheathed

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Walter Connor, College of Arts & Sciences

President Obama stepped up the US response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea Thursday, blocking an additional 20 Russians from visiting or doing business with the United States. Most are prominent Russian oligarchs with ties to banks and occupy government posts…

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“The U.S. must take a long perspective on what its coming energy-export-superpower status will mean, make sure it is achieved, and make clear the political significance for countries now too dependent on Russian energy. In the shorter term, all kinds of aid/support for reform and stabilization in ‘mainland’ Ukraine must be lined up now.”

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