As economic crisis in Russia deepens with the Russian rubel in free fall, the United States and the European Union both announced to impose further sanctions on Russia at the end of this week. US president Obama has decided to sign legislation on Friday that sanctions the Russian energy and military sector and over that grants $ 350 Million on military support for Ukraine (including surveillance drones, counter-artillery radar and antitank weapons).
Additionally the European Union wants to decide on new sanctions before the next EU summit on Thursday, mainly targeting Crimea in the energy sector, oil and gas production, tourism, telecommunication and transport.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called the new planned sanctions an attempt to enforce a regime change in Russia.
Some Western media speculates that with the growing economical problems in Russia, president Putin might lose support amongst the urban middle class that backed him and suffers under the growing economic hardship.