Don't Mistake Russia for Iran

Why the Same Sanctions Strategy Won't Work

Eric Lorber and Elizabeth Rosenberg
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a military parade in Belgrade, October 16, 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a military parade in Belgrade, October 16, 2014. (Marko Djurica / Courtesy Reuters)
U.S. policymakers are considering giving global companies a choice: stop providing long-term financing and energy assistance to major Russian companies or be kicked out of the U.S. financial system. Such measures resemble the sanctions the United States placed on Iran a couple of years ago. But Iran was a different problem. And treating Russia the same way would be a mistake.

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