Russians and Westerners have diametrically opposed interpretations of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, recent polls demonstrate, and that determines the decisions taken by policy-makers on both sides, analysts told The Moscow Times on Tuesday.
The EU's agreement to impose broad economic sanctions on Russia for its position on Ukraine threatens to stop off the trickle of affordable capital from abroad that the Russian economy desperately needs to thrive.
Belarus could follow Russia's lead by banning imports of beef, milk and dairy products from Ukraine, the head of the country's food safety watchdog, Yury Pivovarchik, was quoted as saying Tuesday by ITAR-Tass.
Amid international tension over the conflict in Ukraine, voices in the West are clamoring for Russia to lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup. While this is realistically highly unlikely, a boycott of the tournament by European nations would certainly be welcome news for some of the other teams, who might have a better chance of bringing home the elusive trophy.