Putin spanks ‘unfriendly countries’

It’s a bitch-slap for sure:

(Reuters) -The Russian rouble briefly leapt to a three-week high past 95 against the dollar on Wednesday in Moscow, before settling close to 100, after President Vladimir Putin said Russia would start selling its gas to “unfriendly countries” in roubles.

The potential ramifications of that move, which Putin ordered his government to sort out in one week, could boost the Russian currency, with a host of European countries still dependent on Moscow for much of their energy supplies.


I like it when it says ‘potential ramifications […] could boost the Russian currency‘ because what it means is ‘by being unfriendly to Russia means you get the sharp end of the stick‘.