Pedestrians walk past an wall painting depicting a map of Crimean peninsula bearing the colours of Russia's national flag in Moscow, on March 31, 2014.(AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV)
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As Moscow and the West dig in for a prolonged stand-off over Russia's annexation of Crimea, risking spillover to other former Soviet republics and beyond, here are 10 ways in which the Ukraine crisis could change attitudes and policy around the world.1 . Russia diminished: Russia's role in international affairs is diminished, at least temporarily. Energy diversification The energy map of Europe is being redrawn with accelerated action to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas.The EU gets a third of its oil and gas from Russia, and 40 percent of that gas is pumped across Ukraine. German leadership: The Ukraine affair has cemented Berlin's leadership role in Europe. Germany is already the dominant economic power, calling the shots in the eurozone crisis, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has become Europe's main interlocutor with Putin.
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