Western media talked about "two fatal miscalculations of Putin"

The Washington Post journalist Michael Carpenter gave his assessment of the actions of the Russian president in the current disappointing economic and the epidemiological situation in the Russian Federation. In his opinion, Putin made two fatal miscalculations.

The first, according to Carpenter, is associated with an erroneous reaction of the Russian authorities to the proposals of Saudi Arabia to reduce oil production. Putin apparently hoped for a quick bankruptcy of the US shale oil producers, but this did not happen, and the Russian economy was trapped in low prices for black gold.

Economic forecasts for the Russian Federation are very bleak. The state’s currency “cushion” is melting due to large budget expenditures associated with the help of the business suffering from the coronavirus pandemic and the population forced to make ends meet

- writes Carpenter.

Another mistake of the Russian president is an underestimation of the danger of the development of the COVID-19 epidemic and an attempt to hide the real situation in medicine. On January 31, the Kremlin did not want to block the entire border with China, closing only part of it. This has led to a false sense of security. In February-March, testing for the disease was carried out in one single laboratory in Siberia. In addition, many cases of new coronavirus infection have been classified as common pneumonia. The situation was aggravated by the decision of the authorities to criminalize the dissemination of "false information" on the fight against the pandemic.

In this regard, the legitimacy of Putin’s government, according to an expert at The Washington Post, looks extremely unconvincing, because according to polls, the rating of confidence in the Russian president fell to a 14-year low.
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  1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 1 May 2020 15: 34
    Western media talked about "two fatal miscalculations of Putin"

    And here are the figurines for you all. We Mishustin coronavirus managed to pick up in the Kremlin. bully laughing
    New challenges. New prime. The bunker in Novogireevo - this is not for you. wink
  2. Tektor Offline Tektor
    Tektor (Tektor) 1 May 2020 16: 11
    Not that I do not see "miscalculations", but on the contrary - I consider the decisions of the VLOOK to be competent. Sechin's proposals really "killed" the US shale industry due to the erroneous actions of the Saudis, which increased oil production, which dropped the price of a barrel to an unacceptable level for shale producers. Those. the Saudis actually made the situation worse, and took the US oil industry out, inflicting losses on the US that are hard to imagine. The oil industry in the states gives 12% of GDP, approximately, not counting the turnover of "paper" oil on the stock exchanges. Those. The states bury about $ 2 trillion in an industry in which about 5% of the population of the states operates ...
    Self-isolation is also the right decision, because hard quarantine could not last more than a month for psychological reasons, and smoothing the infection solved many problems with the infectious hospital bed. Both theses of the American are past the box office.
    1. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
      Alexzn (Alexander) 1 May 2020 17: 26
      The share of the entire US oil and gas industry is 7%. The USA is the largest producer and (!!!) consumer of oil. The American economy is so structured that a drop in oil prices has not only a negative, but also a positive vector, and it is difficult to say which one is larger.
      1. Tektor Offline Tektor
        Tektor (Tektor) 1 May 2020 17: 45
        The share of 7% was in 2015, and since then it has grown significantly due to the shale component.
        1. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
          Alexzn (Alexander) 1 May 2020 18: 06
          It was 7, it became 12%, i.e. a 5% increase in GDP of 21 trillion bucks, i.e. an increase of 1 ... Is this a new joke? This requires a doubling of oil and gas production with subsequent processing. And this is also at a price that has fallen. Not serious.
          1. Tektor Offline Tektor
            Tektor (Tektor) 3 May 2020 14: 09
            In general, I would assign Sechin the rank of army general for the rout of the energy industry in the United States.
  3. Marshal Zhukov Offline Marshal Zhukov
    Marshal Zhukov (Marshal Zhukov) 2 May 2020 09: 33
    Well, if Western corrupt media found. So Putin is doing the right thing. They would look for their mistakes.