Russian President Vladimir Putin will gradually give up participation in the Donbas war because of the extremely negative effects of Western sanctions, believes Yevgenia Albats, the Russian political scientist, social activist, and editor of The New Times magazine, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Echo of Moscow.
"The decision regarding Donbas is already made. The Russian side will quietly go away from there. And here the question arises, what will happen to these people in the Donbas, who ended up between a rock and a hard place? Nobody cares of them. And how they will survive in an environment, where there are problems with the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and in fact, there is no food. I do not really understand," says Albats.
In her opinion, Putin will try to prevent further sanctions by all means.
"The Russian authorities have finally begun to understand that the sanctions – it is not just serious, it turns out to be very serious. And a new round of sanctions – I just do not understand how the Russian economy is going to stand anything else," said the analyst.
She also stressed that the Russian government was trying to influence U.S. President Barack Obama via U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in order to abolish at least some of the sanctions against the Russian financial system.