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This tactic will not work, – former ABC and CNN reporter Eileen O’Connor writes in a column for the New York Times

She writes that in Western capitalist democracies, wealth is often equated with access and influence. Therefore, it is not surprising that many believe that sanctions against the oligarchs may encourage him to put pressure on Putin to change course.

This is a miscalculation.

She also agreed with Friedman’s statement that if the West thinks it can tell Putin to “stop the war and it will work, then I’m afraid everyone has big problems,” because it means Western leaders “don’t understand anything about how Russia works.”

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