“Putin’s critical raw materials are a threat to EU economic security”, Tobias Gehrke (Egmont, Belgium)

The financial and economic war the West has been unleashing onto Russia in response to Putin’s murderous assault on Ukraine has seen Moscow being severed from large parts of the global economy and financial system in ways never witnessed before. While Russia has ramped up its forces on the military battlefield, its response on the economic battlefield has, thus far, been limited. Moscow announced a temporary restriction on foreign investors to sell their assets, and created a list of 50-plus “unfriendly countries” to whose companies debt could be repaid in roubles and whose patent owners would lose their intellectual property protections.

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