RUSSIA WITHOUT EUROPE
Much has been made of the agreement signed by Moscow and Beijing to get gas flowing from western Siberia to China. There is talk of Russia using the deal to offset its isolation from the west and circumventing the sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.
But this deal is a preliminary gas-supply agreement that's been a long time in the making. It is not something that has suddenly come about since falling out with the West over the Ukraine crisis, nor can Russia simply offset sales to Europe with sales to China.
Just as Russia's state symbol depicts a double-headed eagle that looks both west and east, so its…
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