For more than four months Russia, and its leader Vladimir Putin, have watched patiently, and in some cases with humor, as the United States implemented negligible economic sanctions against the Eurasian power in response for their support of rebels involved in the Ukrainian conflict. However, Putin’s days of sitting idly by may be over as on Aug. 5 the Russian President ordered a two-pronged attack against the U.S., Ukraine, and any European ally who chooses to become involved by mustering troops and munitions on the Ukrainian border, and issuing economic sanctions of their own that will be much stronger and more consequential to the U.S. than what President Obama has implemented so far.
Just yesterday, Mykhailo Koval, deputy head of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council, announced that Russia had moved upwards of 33000 troops and 160 tanks to the Eastern border and was fully preparing for an offensive assault in the near future in support of Russian rebels fighting in the region. In addition to this, part of Russia’s new sanctions against the West will hit soundly in the chest of Washington’s policies for the Middle East by securing a new oil and trade agreement with Iran, leaving the U.S. little choice but to pull back from their attempts to intimidate the Middle Eastern power since they are no longer isolated without allies.
We have repeatedly spoken about the illegitimacy and groundlessness of the US sanctions against Russia. Washington will gain nothing from such decisions except for further complication of Russian-American relations and the creation of an unfavorable atmosphere in international affairs, where the cooperation between our countries often plays a key role.
One gets the impression that the U.S. sanctions pressure, transformed now at sectoral level, has one goal – to get even with us for an independent and uncomfortable for Washington politics. Please also note the obvious elements of unscrupulous trade and economic competition in the U.S. actions.
The losses that Washington will sustain from such a destructive and myopic policy will be very tangible. – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
To start, these are some (but not all) of the sanctions already projected, or being implemented to facilitate economic war against Washington.
Russia signs 5-yr MoU on expanding trade with Iran, Energy Ministry in Moscow says in e-mailed statement.
Russia planning to buy Iranian oil under trade accord, ministry press official says by phone, asking not to be identified due to internal policy.
Accord covers cooperation in oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods, agriculture products: statement. – Zerohedge
For the first time in more than two decades, a strong adversary has stood up to, and matched point for point, America’s foreign policies of military and economic warfare against nation’s whom they feel threaten their national security, or the furthering of dollar hegemony upon the globe. And so far, in places such as Syria, Iran, and now Ukraine, the U.S. is looking like a bully who has finally been slapped by a smaller opponent, and the repercussions are allowing a large portion of the world to finally stand up against the Superpower, and declare they will no longer be afraid of punitive actions forced upon them by American aggression.