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Russia sanctions: Policy of provocation?
Russia sanctions: Policy of provocation?
Western leaders need to use more constructive language for cooperation with Russia — sanctions don’t work.
After more than 20 years of US investment in Ukrainian «democracy», which, according to Victoria Nuland, a US assistant secretary of state, has cost US taxpayers more than $5bn (it may well be even more), Ukraine has found itself in the most serious crisis of its very short history as an independent state.
Internal contradictions and conflicts carefully warmed up by authors of handbooks on organising revolutions and coups now put under heavy doubt the very existence of Ukraine as a country in its current borders.
The Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as the region was called
in Ukraine, was the first to distance itself from the new authorities
in Kiev. The decision to hold a referendum
Russia, constantly calling for respect of the right
Later, after a de facto civil war broke out between the Kiev regime, on the one side, and breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk republics on the other, allegations started coming from US and Europe that Russia directly supported the rebels in Eastern Ukraine. At the same time, not a single proof of Moscow’s involvement in these events has so far been provided.
Besides, it looks more and more likely that the Kiev regime is to blame for the MH17 tragedy. Ukraine still doesn’t bother to explain what its air force fighter jets had been doing near the civil aircraft right before it was shot down and why voice conversations between the crew and Ukrainian air traffic control have still not been published.
Kiev’s involvement in shooting the aircraft down was persuasively demonstrated at one of the Russian defence ministry briefings with satellite images and schemes. Also, Russian media have provided well enough evidence of Ukrainian army artillery shelling of civilian targets in Eastern Ukrainian cities and towns. This openness sharply contrasts with vague and bold statements coming from the US State Department’s Jennifer Psaki and her colleagues, relying mainly on strange materials from the internet and especially social networks.
Later on, Europe inexplicably started linking its position on Russia
with Moscow’s unproven involvement in the Ukrainian civil war.
It looks like some
With condemnation of Russia’s position on Ukraine, threats
of sanctions started coming from the West one after another. Several
Principle of mutuality
Acting on the diplomatic principle of mutuality, Russia was forced
to introduce counter measures. These measures included lists
of politicians from certain countries who were banned from entry into
Russia. When Visa and Mastercard on the demand of the
US Department of Treasury froze operations with several Russian
banks, the government in Moscow announced that it would speed
up the project of launching a new Russian national payment
system and also intensify cooperation with
But much more sensitive for many European countries became Russian food embargo, introduced by Moscow in August. It touched EU, US, Australia, Canada, and Norway. The embargo includes limitations on imports of meat, milk, fish, vegetables, fruit, and nuts. According to Russian government estimates, the embargo hits the volume of imports equivalent to $9bn. The embargo has already proved to be quite damaging for many European agricultural producers who previously exported considerable volumes of their goods to Russia and enjoyed good shares on the Russian market.
Most recently, on September 12, European sanctions were expanded
on several Russian
Overall, the introduced European sanctions do not look efficient since
so far, there are no evident damaging effects
on Russia’s economic, social, and political life. Moreover,
it is widely known that sanctions are
Russia will undoubtedly gradually compensate the gap on its internal market created by the embargo with the help of domestic and foreign suppliers from countries like Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, and others willing to enter the Russian market or increase their shares on it. At the same time, according to the Wall Street Journal, damage to European producers is far more sensitive. Compensations announced by the EU authorities look more like a drop in the bucket in comparison with overall losses, and what is maybe even more important, European producers will now inevitably start losing their positions in Russia, and it will be very hard to return to the previous figures after the mutual sanctions are eventually (and hopefully) lifted. Their places will already be occupied by other companies who will now surely do their utmost to get Russian consumers accustomed to their production.
Analysing recent US and European foreign policy towards Russia, one gets an impression that their politicians know no other language than sanctions. But it is already evident that the efficiency of the measures taken by the West is doubtful and will in no way help improve the situation in Ukraine.
Russia has always aspired to carry out its foreign policy using the principles of mutual respect and parity. Today, a more constructive language needs to be used for cooperation in the contemporary world, and, hopefully, western partners will eventually realise this.
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