Comment: Its power is economic

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Its power is economic

Supply of oil & gas to the EU, especially Germany gives Russia a lot of leverage.

They also have large reserves to buy allies and enough hardware to supply proxies. If they really want to checkmate a NATO effort they have the ability to load Syria and/or Iran with hardware and money.

But it will come at the cost of isolating Russia from the EU & USA again. The question is: is the price too high for them? Do they want to be part of the cartel or oppose it?

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo