'I would look very hard at the Russian economy and the impact of a strong Western response to what Russia is doing. This could be anything from targeted asset freezes, making it difficult for Russian companies, Russian state companies, to invest abroad, targeting specific individuals, these visa bans. There is a menu there,' says John Lough.
Chatham House’s Keir Giles warned immediately after the Georgian invasion that Russia doesn’t play by the same rules as the West; it would happen again and again, he predicted, and he’s been proved right.
'If you’re a major Western company looking at the Russian market for investment, you might not want to put your eggs in that basket right now,' said John Lough
'The situation is spiralling to a level of conflict and misunderstanding that’s unprecedented since the Cuban Missile Crisis, said Richard Sakwa. 'With talks of boycotts and other sanctions, we can only hope that companies like BP will act as a stabilizing force.'
'Sabah is seen as a traditional, respectable broadsheet and the prime minister seems to want to keep it in friendly hands. Since 80 per cent of his voters get their news from the print media, rather than the internet, controlling the newspaper’s message is critical,' said Fadi Hakura.
'Vladimir Putin is a hardline Russian nationalist. He has said quite openly that he will protect the interests of his people. And of course, Crimea, as you know, is ethnically majority Russian and linguistically vast majority Russian. So it is on that basis and on that pretext that he has gone in,' says James Nixey.
'I hope that the honouring of him at Westminster Abbey reflects just how global and important he is. South Africans should not lose that vision, that South Africa's new leadership post Mandela should reconnect with those values because that’s what makes South Africa truly special and unique,' said Alex Vines.