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Russia's energy weapon and Putin's folly

The Ukraine war puts Russia’s most powerful economic lever - oil and gas - at risk as the West works to reorder the global energy market

Russian President Vladimir Putin's big folly may prove to be the debilitation to energy muscle that supports his military, says the author. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Perhaps there should be no surprise that a Russian saying for doing something hastily and haphazardly is to say that someone is "galloping across Europe".

Likewise, there's another one that parallels the English expression of cutting off your nose to spite your own face. Set in a uniquely Russian context, it goes something like: "I shall get my ears frostbitten, so I can provoke Mum to anger."

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