Europe's economy is a mess and sanctions actually hurt them. It does not hurt the entire realm, but it hurts the heavy hitters doing the pulling to keep their whole system afloat. Russian gas fuels German industry, and the Germans, idiotically after Fukushima, decided to shut down their nuclear reactors. Where's the cheap electricity now, frau? Russia also made a big move that turned the natgas game in their favor. Russia inked that huge natgas deal with China, diversifying their consumer base. Providing China and possibly other Asian manufacturing centers with natgas makes Europe less important. It is not just foreign moves that matter, as this is the USG's show. If Putin starts strutting again, the situation can be restarted anytime Soros and company wants. The War Party now has their military industrial complex expenditures in the Middle East. Billions can be spent on the rapidly expanding, long slog to beat back ISIS. Ukraine itself is to blame. The Ukrainian military was so inept and terrible that they were losing to rebels on the ground and starting to look bad in the media war. Once people start seeing the neo-nazi side of the new leaders in Ukraine, it will scare them off since the media will say "Shoah", and no one wants a Shoah. Never again. It is also late October. Winter is coming. It will be cold in Ukraine without Russian gas. New governments with tentative holds on their nation fighting the perception of Washington puppets want to keep their people warm.
This might not go away though because of one man. George Soros is desperate. He fired off an op-ed calling Russia an existential threat,
The media is laying the groundwork for the eventual sabotaging of the current Ukraine regime and an arrangement that conforms to Russia's desires. The bad publicity right now for Ukrainian efforts combined with the positive leaks and revelations for Russia bolsters Putin's side. The rebels were reckless, the Ukrainians are using dirty weapons, Putin never made secret deals. These are all items intended to portray the eventual resolution that fits Putin's checklist as something the international community wants, too. Soros sees this and is angry. Americans will not pay attention though because they are barely registering that ISIS has been supported by our Gulf allies for years and received aid from the US when it was an anti-Assad force yet now we must bomb them. If Soros and company want to restart a fight in Ukraine once the Middle East military expenditures drop off, the stove can be turned back to high. Some fake military convoys, a shot down plane that was the only plane sent on that flight path over disputed territory, and Putin = Hitler comparisons should be enough to make the American public forget all about the systemic Ukrainian lies of 2014.