Russia has been under sanction since 2014 for the annexation of Crimea. Now, the West imposed more sanctions, and the construction work of the NordStream-2 pipelines has also been suspended.

What is Russia's plan to cope with invasion-related economic damage to itself in the near and distant future?

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    Conquer anyone that sanctions them? I mean that would be a possible plan. Getting close with China might be another. Maybe both.
    – Trilarion
    Feb 24, 2022 at 23:05
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    There's also the possibility that they just don't care, either because Putin is secure in his total power and/or because he's gone a bit crazy after 2 years of COVID induced isolarion
    – divibisan
    Feb 24, 2022 at 23:08

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The only way to cope with the economic damage that I can think of is to strengthen its tie with China, as Russia kept doing recently:

Russia, China agree 30-year gas deal via new pipeline, to settle in euros

China calls for talks on Ukraine, OKs Russian wheat imports

China ready to soften economic blow to Russia from Ukraine sanctions

This will only mitigate, but not eliminate the economic damage. I also saw people saying the sanctions on Russia will not work as expected unless China could cooperate with U.S. over this issue.

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    China has been busy on the other end. They call it "the belt and road." And China has ambitions of its own that it can trade for such coziness.
    – Dan
    Feb 25, 2022 at 2:41

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