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    Removing sanctions on Russia will damage the United States far more than it will Ukraine.

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    Alexander Clarkson

    Ukrainians are rapidly expanding their army and understand they're not getting Crimea or Donbas anytime soon. Little will change for them

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    US and EU sanctions were a signal to prevent Russia from meddling in many other places beyond Ukraine. Now the US looks weak and unreliable

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    Donbas is a mess already for Russia and Ukraine is a tough opponent. But Moscow would have a US green light to bully a dozen other countries

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    Alexander Clarkson

    One very worrying case. If Trump weakens sanctions over Ukraine he'll do nothing to prevent Russian moves in a post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan

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    Yet a US green light for Russian intervention in Kazakhstan may cause alarm in Beijing with unpredictable consequences.

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    Alexander Clarkson

    In removing sanctions on Russia Trump would give an unreliable customer something for nothing and anger everyone else. Some dealmaker he is.

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