Chances are it will come to nothing, but it has intrigued me think this morning that if reports of Putin being very unwell were true and he were to suddenly and unexpectedly come over all Hamlet, it would rather throw the play open...
- Who would take over - Putin has been careful to not groom a successor. There does not seem to be a familial line up in waiting.
- Would they continue to back the Ukraine war - from what I can tell, this is not quite so overwhelmingly supported at home as is portrayed.
- Might Obama back away from a deal with Iran. Without Russia, Assad in Syria has a limited shelf-life. With the imminent arrival of several Iranian brigades his future currently is looking more assured.
- Greece's weak hand would be even weaker in their 'negotiations' with
As always, the world could become a more stable place or less stable one very quickly.