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NATO and the West's hope was that Putin would succumb to temptation and send military to Kazakhstan, and tie up Russian troops, while Ukrainian troops would strike at Donbas. Putin did not bite.
Russian sanctions can severely impact European and American hydrocarbon and nuclear energy markets. Russia plays chess while The West continues its stubborn game of chicken.
The attempted coup in Kazakhstan covered eleven regions at the same time, but the main attack was directed against Almaty, the largest city and their financial center.
Jim W. Dean - We have the irony of US and EU demands for China to allow investigators into the Wuhan Lab for a Covid origin hunt, when the US has bio labs around the world where no monitoring access is allowed.