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Sep 24, 2021
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Handelsblatt: US sanctions policy is inappropriate and untimely

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, spokesman for Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov, the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller, head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, oligarch Roman Abramovich and 30 other key representatives of Russia were included in the list of persons against whom the US Congress intends to impose sanctions, writes the German edition Handelsblattwondering that even Mikhail Murashko – Russian Minister of Health and Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin… So the President of the United States Joe Biden responded to a joint request from Democrats and Republicans “Within the framework of the defense budget coming into force on October 1”

In addition, the United States also hit the financial market: American banks and funds are strongly discouraged from buying Russian bonds, including the “secondary market”. Previously, only new issues of Russian bonds were banned, but now the sanctions have reached the secondary market. Handelsblatt notes that among investors, trading in Russian bonds was popular due to the good yield. Now, as the author of the article suggests Matthias Bruggman (Matthias Bruggmann) and “European financial institutions, fearing negative consequences for their business in the United States, will have to act similarly”… All this will be, he said, a heavy blow to the Russian financial market. Bruggman writes that people against whom the United States decided to impose sanctions, “In addition to the head of state, Vladimir Putin, they are increasingly turning Russia into an anti-democratic, monopolistic state that denies the market economy”… Let’s not be too hard on publishing Handelsblatt, the author of which broadcasts from his bell tower and, accordingly, broadcasts Western clichés in relation to the Russian Federation.

“The fact that the head of the government of such a significant country was included in the US sanctions list is the creation of an unprecedented precedent. But this is also a gross US political mistake. Because sanctions are not a toy for Washington, which they get out from time to time if someone has the idea to play with it. Sanctions are a sharp sword, they can be used only if there is a clear reason for this and they are called upon to have a very definite political effect ”,

– Bruggmann asserts, while for some reason believing that these sanctions could be aimed at “falsifiers of elections” to the Russian State Duma! author Handelsblatt I am sure, apparently, that it is unacceptable to interfere in the electoral process when it comes to the so-called Western democracies, but if they take place in Russia, it is normal to impose sanctions here, and to write anything about the electoral process without proof is the norm.

At the same time, Bruggmann’s point of view is that since US sanctions are not aimed at those who organized elections in Russia, they should not be imposed at all. “On the contrary, today the West in its relations with Russia must look for joint ways to solve the climate crisis, humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan and other geopolitical problems. Now the question arises whether Moscow can be involved in solving the problems of mankind. And in such a situation, the new sanctions have a counterproductive effect “, – states Handelsblatt… Well, I am glad that in the end the author comes to sound thoughts. Still, he should get rid of the cliché.

Own correspondent FSK

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