The West's Lever on Moscow: Money

The EU has few options for reining in an assertive Moscow, though some analysts think Russia is vulnerable because it wants to expand the market for its gas

With Dmitri Medvedev now firmly enthroned as Russia's next president, talk has turned toward coming up with a tough new plan for "dealing" with the country. No more looking into the eyes of a new Russian president and seeing an honest soul; no more disunity among European leaders who rush to declare themselves Putin's new best friend; and no more letting energy dependency trump questions over democracy and human rights.

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