The West is ripe for “hellish” sanctions against Russia

The West is ripe for “hellish” sanctions against Russia

Alexander Khabarov

Sanctions hype in the West has reached its peak. The Russian president, ministers, deputies, and journalists were blacklisted. In the vocabulary of European politicians, the word “destroy” in relation to our country has become a key one. They are especially zealous in London, where they put pressure on partners, seeking to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT banking system. “For people in Russia, this will mean, for example, that a granddaughter living in Europe will not be able to transfer money to her grandmother,” the new head of German diplomacy, Ms. Burbock, happily agrees. All previous experience has shown that sanctions on the policies of the countries on which they are imposed do not work. The economic war only hits the common people, so the inexperienced Bu-rbock directly voiced wh-at the more cunning figures are hypocritically sil-ent about. Taking revenge on grandmothers, children and in general on everything that is available is becoming the norm in European politics.
France seizes a Russian cargo ship in the English Channel under the pretext that it belongs to a company under sanctions. Pirate mood in London. Labor MP Chris Bryant demands to take away Chelsea from Abramovich: “Is there any doubt that Abramovich can no longer own a football club in this country? Shouldn’t we take some of his assets, including the 150 million house?” If someone thinks that the property taken from the oligarchs will return to Russia, then he is greatly mistaken. Under the pretext of “defending Ukraine,” they are obsessed with only one idea – to have time to tear apart and squeeze out everything that is at hand at this moment. The British government, having discarded the crafty “we have nothing to do with it”,deal with the Russian TV channel RT. True, they are afraid of retaliatory actions against British journalists in Russia, especially after the story of the closure of RT in Germany.
It turned out frankly stupid with a ban on flights to Britain by the Russian company Aeroflot. In response, Russia closed its airspace to British airlines.
As a result, flights from London to Southeast Asia are three hours longer and 20 percent more expensive. This affects not only the transportation of passengers, but also the delivery of goods, despite the fact that fuel prices continue to rise. The decision to ban the supply of spare parts for aircraft to Russia can finish off the global aviation industry, which is just coming to its senses. It is no coincidence that the head of the US Aerospace Industry Association, Eric Dunning, has already said: “We believe that sanctions and export controls should not undermine the safety of commercial aviation.”
Washington and London consider themselves the main beneficiaries of the bloodshed in Ukraine : the economic damage – at least for now – is not so significant for them.
Apart from individual blunders, the sanctions are selected with maximum consideration of their own interests.
The main thing is that the Ukrainian conflict completely shifted attention from internal problems that threatened to develop into a severe political crisis in both the UK and the US. In part, Macron won – on the eve of the elections in France, he managed to “PR” in the role of an intermediary-peacemaker, although it is clear that all this is just a fiction.
In general, for continental Europe, the situation is becoming more and more difficult day by day. Slovakia is already groaning from the influx of refugees. Asked whether the United States is ready to host the Ukrainians, President Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki answered unequivocally: “They will most likely want to stay in neighboring countries.” If there are interruptions in gas supplies from Russia, then the Europeans will also have to deal with this themselves. In the energy balance of Europe, the share of Russian gas is 40 percent, and there is nothing to replace it. But the Netherlandsthey are going to send a batch of Stingers to Ukraine, acting in the interests of those who do not need peace: so that there is more blood and the conflict lasts as long as possible. European figures wring their hands, talking about the victims, but the lives of Ukrainians and Russians are clearly indifferent to them.
There were opportunities for a peaceful settlement, Russia persistently offered them, patiently explaining its position at the negotiating table in Geneva and meeting sometimes rude Western envoys in Moscow. We can quote the well-known American economist Jeffrey Sachs, who urged Western leaders to listen to Russia’s fair demands:
“Many insist that NATO expansion is not a real problem for Putin, that he wants to restore the Russian Empire, and everything else is nothing more than a cover. This is an absolute mistake. Russia has strongly resisted NATO expansion for the past 30 years. And it’s easy to see why. USA they would hardly be pleased if Mexico joined a military alliance led by China, just as they resented the alliance between Fidel Castro’s Cuba and the USSR 60 years ago.Neither the US nor Russia wants to see foreign military on their doorstep.
Russia has long feared invasions from the West, be it Napoleon, Hitler and, more recently, NATO. Therefore, more restrained and wiser foreign policy strategists in the United States, including Secretary of State William Perry under Bill Clinton, prominent statesman and diplomat George Kennan, and former ambassador to the USSR Jack Matlock, believed that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO expansion to the east was unnecessary, it was pointless and provocative.”
Unfortunately, there were no leaders in the West who would heed these words.

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