Biden has dominated out American troops going face to face with the Russians, a response that dangers escalation between nuclear powers. Threats of reprisals have as an alternative centered on sanctions. But, with Europe depending on Russian fuel, doubts linger about how far key companions, notably Germany, can be keen to go. And even when Moscow have been slapped with biting sanctions, they have a tendency to inflict sustainable wounds. Simply ask Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, whose regime has withstood among the harshest doable U.S. sanctions and got here out stronger by tapping a rogues gallery of other monetary companions in Moscow, Tehran, Ankara and Beijing.