While in Moscow, it’s been difficult to reconcile this exchange of apprehensions nwtween Russia and the West with snapshots here. The bus stops are decorated with posters for the new Batman movie, hoardings advertise global brand name products and you sweep out of a ring road tunnel towards a skyline of cranes putting up new high-rise office blocks to keep up with Russia’s high economic growth.
From the mobile phones, to the makes of cars to the newsstand Russian editions of the celebrity magazine, Hello, it’s pretty impossible to enviseage how a new Cold War would actually work. Boeing, for example, has a huge factory outside of Moscow. Russia’s Gazprom, the conglomerate much feared for its ability to turn on and off Europe’s gas supplies, is one of the biggest companies listed on international stock exchanges. And would some Western package of punitive sanctions mean that the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich would have to sell Chelsea Football Club.