You can accuse Russia and Putin of many things, but Putin and his advisers are not stupid. The largest country in the world will hardly go to war just to conquer or control a few additional square kilometers of land, which then also has to be rebuilt at great expense. Wars have always been and will always be waged for specific goals, because one hopes to gain something from them. However, Russia cannot gain anything in Ukraine that would somehow compensate for the upcoming sanctions.
Clearly seems to think Russia somehow needs the west and has no future without it.
After pushing Russia away and demonising Putin for most of his time as leader of Russia, after all their attempts at agreements and dialogue that have simply been met with sanctions and lectures and downright verbal abuse... do they not realise sanctions make no difference if they no longer expect to have any relations with you in the future?
They will sell you stuff, but they will sell to anyone and you wont be getting cheap anything any more... most of their gas will likely end up going to the Asian markets which means the middle east and US companies who used to sell there will turn to europe, so you are going to have to pay a lot more and open a lot of gas stations to take the liquified gas to pump through your pipe network... you really don't have the capacity for that now.... so lots of money needs spending so you can handle sufficient amounts of a more expensive product.... production in Germany is going to get less competitive.
But I am sure making Kiev stop shelling its own people for wanting to speak Russian was just too hard... too much work... so splitting Russia away from the west is totally worth it.
Honestly I think Russia will suffer initially but they are used to that now and this will be worth it because they retain independence and don't take orders from the US, UK, France, Germany, EU, Poland. etc etc...
I think the west is going to suffer too and is no where near used to suffering like this... a large block has been solidified that is not the west that the rest of the world can work with as an alternative to more colonial BS from the west.
If you are pro west can I ask... if ethical coffee means the farmers that grow the coffee beans get a fair wage for the value of the final product in the west... why is it even possible to buy any other type of coffee?
Unethical coffee is farmers getting cents for products sold in the west with 1,000% markups and we wonder why they remain poor and coffee companies are so rich and powerful.
Is it only coffee?
Of course not.
The west is designed to steal from the third world, and instead of mending its ways and embracing the second world with the first and then work together to drag the third world up so everyone can be a first world country... well we know what they chose to do... treat them like a third world country they could boss around but Putin wouldn't be bossed around like that drunk and best friend to the Clintons Yeltsin.