Vladimir79 wrote:...If the value of the rouble can get to pre-sanction levels, it still can be. The only question is, how do we get the value up under a sanctions regime. The easiest answer is higher energy prices. The best way to do that is to get the US to stop fracking. A Green minded Democratic president is the answer.
Even before sanctions Russians were nowhere near to being able to afford a single 13$ billion CVN let alone three.
Reason Russia still exists after 2014 is lower ruble value with floating exchange rate and increasingly detached and less dependent economy.
Russia wasn't even able to produce enough food to feed itself several years ago when they were Arab style petro-state and you postulate that they would be able to play around with CVNs? Remember USSR?
And how on Earth does fracking in USA affect anything? It's a blip on the radar in overall setup. If they don't do it someone else will, rules of free market. And in what parallel universe do Americans do something as stupid as not fracking? Might as well start burning money while they are at it.
As for "Green minded Democratic president" in the White House, reason why Russians lived this long is because voters/fate/God/universe/karma prevented one from taking office in 2016.
Democrats work for Europeans and they have their marching orders. Don't think for a second they will hesitate to pull the trigger on Russia the moment they are given the chance. Europeans don't forget, don't get distracted and don't trust BS about friendship unlike Russians.
Why not Earth would democrats do anything for Russians?
And hypothetically if Europe ceases to exist and democrats do force USA to accept economic loss in order to drive gas prices higher then why would Russia even need CVNs in that case?
Excuse for wasting money on CVNs disappears if Europe and USA stop being hostile.