Putin dealt ‘huge blow’ as ‘big casualty’ Russia tipped for devastating recession

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He said: “Our trade with Russia is only a small part of our economy, but if Russia’s trade with every major economy in the West is hit hard by sanctions, that’s a huge blow to Russia.

“So Russia is going to be a big casualty, hopefully.”

The impact of the sanctions on the UK economy, however, would be “next to nothing”, Mr Jessop forecast.

That said, there were “potentially quite important indirect effects.

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