Alsheriam, you, as so many people, only know half of what is and has been going on in Russia and Ukraine. I can't blame you for that because the news in your country probably only brings you one side of the story.
All I'm saying is that what Russia is doing now, America has done before or is still doing (in case of Israel and Gaza). I can't remember hearing this much outrage over any of that.
I already stated here in this very topic that, although I understand, Putin should never have sent forces to Crim. What's happening in the east of Ukraine is the Ukrainian government telling their own people to shut up and get on with their lives. These people wanted a democratic election on more autonomy, instead the interim president of all people, decided to sent in the army. This is the cause of the problem. Everything that happened afterwards is a result of those actions. Russia has had no part in the cause but Russia is listening to the people in the east who want more autonomy and Russia had, on several occasions, warned the EU and the US, to listen to the people in the east of Ukraine. The fact that weapons from Russia are being brought into Ukraine is of course idiotic and shouldn't have happened but again, it's a result of the EU and the US blindly backing up a government that has no problems at all shooting their own people.
This is, very simply put, what's going on. The EU and the US blindly getting involved into stuff they know nothing about, forcing THEIR will upon a country which is basically broken in half, sending billions of dollars to a country at war, without knowing what is going on. I don't agree with most of what Putin's been doing (or not been doing) but everything he did after Crim is a direct result of the actions of the EU and the US. Everybody who denies that, has no idea what they are talking about. It's really as simple as that.
As for the US having shale gas, Norway and the Netherlands have that as well and as consortium said, how do you get gas from America to Europe?
Saying the Russian economy is suffering as a result of the restrictions is a bit premature as well. Days after the first or second set of restrictions put on Russia, Gazprom signed a 400 billion dollar deal with China. In the short term, yes it might be Russia's economy suffering but what happens if Gazprom decide to double the price for gas to Europe? Who's suffering then? I know everybody hates it but the fact of the matter is, most of Europe is completely and utterly depending on Russian gas. This has been proven a few years ago when there was another conflict between Gazprom and Ukraine and Gazprom decided to no longer send gas to Ukraine, who then took it anyway. Countries as Germany, the Netherlands, France, they all had to really dig into their reserves.
Russia is a world power, whether the US and the EU like it or not.