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Cheap oil won’t bring peace

But it might move Putin's focus away from Ukraine

By Bronwen Maddox   February 2016

An Iranian oil worker makes his way through Tehran's oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Iran. ©Vahid Salemi/AP/Press Association Images

“If oil falls to $20 a barrel, Russia will look to get out of Syria. We won’t be able to afford it.” One Russian government adviser on the conflict took a gloomy view of his country’s financial resilience—but one that might seem to suggest that cheaper oil will raise the chance…

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