Why Vladimir Putin fears a stable and prosperous Ukraine

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[Russia] certainly invested considerable effort in trying to ensure that were they to be targeted by sanctions again, then they have got themselves in a more robust position economically,” says Tom Keatinge at defence think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). Arguably, the West has got more entwined with Russia in the last eight years at a point when actually the West should have been getting less entwined and preparing for the worst, which we're potentially looking at now.”