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Sanctions rated not a hindrance

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According to the press service of the Council of the European Union, December 21 economic sanctions against Russia were extended to July 31 2016. The decision is due to the fact that the Minsk Agreements will not be fully implemented by December 31 2015. The extension of the prohibitive measures was predictable, since earlier, 18 December, it became known about the approval of the relevant decision by the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the EU.


Sanctions rated not a hindrance


The Council of the European Union extended the sanctions against Russia until July 31 2016. Reports about it RBC with reference to the press release of the Council of the EU.

The Council’s document stresses that the term of the sanctions was previously linked to the fulfillment of the requirements of the “Minsk Agreements”. Their final result was to be the restoration of peace in the east of Ukraine. “Since the Minsk agreements will not be fully implemented by 31 December 2015, the term of the sanctions is extended, and the Council in the meantime will assess progress in implementing the requirements of the agreements,” RBC quotes the message.

Earlier, the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the EU approved the extension of sanctions against Russia. It was reported that the decision will be the final December 21, unless none of the EU member states filed a written objection.

"Voice of America" reports on the Kremlin’s "counter-sanctions".

On the same day, December 21, the website of the Government of the Russian Federation published a decree that “from January 1 on January 2016, a ban has been imposed on the import into Russia of agricultural products, raw materials and food, the country of origin of which is Ukraine”.

“This decision was made, as is known, due to the fact that Ukraine has stated that from the beginning of next year begins - and speaking directly, continues - the implementation of the economic part of the association agreement with the European Union. Under these conditions, we need to protect our market and our producers, to prevent the importation of goods from other countries under the guise of Ukrainian goods, ”Dmitry Medvedev quotes Voice of America. According to the Prime Minister, “from January 1 2016, import duties will be applied to Ukraine, as stipulated by the single customs tariff of the Eurasian Economic Union.” He reminded the audience that this was "retaliatory economic measures, or counter-sanctions, as they are sometimes called".

A curious opinion about the future “self-destruction” of Russia by counter-sanctions against Ukraine was expressed by Sergey Parkhomenko, director of the Center for Foreign Policy Studies “OPAD”, to the Voice of America Russian Service correspondent.

According to him, in the decision of the Russian side there are no economic grounds for the introduction of “counter-sanctions” against Ukraine.

The main goal of these “counter-sanctions”, Sergey Parkhomenko is sure, is to raise Putin’s rating.

“Of course, Russia will not receive any economic benefits from these actions; moreover, by refusing the usual Ukrainian goods, Russia is destroying itself,” he said.

The position of Ukraine is very clear: Russia will kill itself. Perhaps it makes no sense to bring other comments coming from Kiev. And what does the progressive West think about the sanctions and counter-sanctions?

On the website of an influential newspaper Washington Post Michael Birnbaum's report from Brussels appeared. Of the very thick of events. According to the correspondent, the sanctions against Russia were extended amid aggravating disagreements between Moscow and the West.

As the journalist notes, the EU countries reached 21 in December of “unanimous agreement”, despite the disputes over the timing of pressure on Moscow: after all, the Russians continue to remain an important trading partner for Europe.

The reasons for the sanctions pressure — the “annexation of the Crimea” and “the role in the separatist war” (“… Ukraine’s separatist war”) have not changed a bit.

According to the reporter, the European measures, coupled with the sanctions imposed by the United States, were one of the reasons for the strong decline in the Russian economy. However, the future of these restrictive measures remains unclear.

The new decision on the extension of prohibitive measures against the Russian Federation was made at the end of a difficult year for Europe: here both the terrorist attacks in Paris, the “Grexit” and the flows of refugee migrants who put European “values” to the test are almost complete. The journalist doubts that these problems will be solved in the coming year. The question is therefore the unity of the EU in the sanctions direction.

Due to the “sanctions war” in a number of EU countries, irritation is growing. First of all, reminds an American journalist, it is typical for Italy and France. These states have long-standing ties with Moscow in the energy sector. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi does not hide his opinion and believes that sanctions are an example of a policy of double standards. He reported this to Angela Merkel. Renzi is strongly dissatisfied with the fact that Berlin is putting pressure on the EU states, seeking their agreement to extend the sanctions, and in the meantime he is participating in projects with Russians that contradict the very meaning of these measures. (Italy is angry at the new Nord Stream-2 project agreed by Russia and Germany after the abolition of South Stream).

In turn, Frau Merkel, not too embarrassed, made the Italians understand that the new project is a business. “This is a commercial proposal first,” she said after EU meetings about Nord Stream-2. - Italy would like to participate in the South Stream project, and this is quite clear. Bulgaria also raised objections. ”

There is another kind of discontent. Already not economic, but political. Because of the endless streams of refugees, Europe is having a hard time. Therefore, European rulers are trying to make Moscow a "partner" who will be able to put an end to the Syrian war. But here the USA is met: the White House "categorically objects" to the attempts of some EU states to link the achievements of the Russians in Syria with the lifting of the sanctions imposed for Ukraine.

The Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, the author recalls, believes that Europe is nothing more than an appendage of the United States, and it does not conduct an “independent foreign policy”.

However, the impact of sanctions on the economy of the Russian Federation is great: Russia is weakening under the influence of several blows - not only sanctions hit it but also falling oil prices. Inflation devastates the pockets of ordinary citizens and causes discontent with the course of the government.

And yet, the correspondent notes, Putin’s popularity is high: according to the Levada Center public opinion poll, 85% of respondents have a positive attitude to the president.

If you know, let's add on our own that Western journalists consider it bad form in the articles on sanctions not to mention Putin’s rating, it becomes clear: the purpose of prohibitive measures is not at all the “implementation” of agreements reached in Minsk. And certainly not the return of "annexed" Crimea to Ukraine. Everything is simpler: Europe and the United States want Putin’s rating to at least equal the falling ratings of Obama or Hollande. And that, you understand, they try, authorize, prolong, and the rating is like Vanka-vstanka.

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  1. Boos
    Boos 23 December 2015 06: 17
    +7
    I read the article and understood from it, is Putin's rating the most important For Europe and the USA? Not even funny ...
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 23 December 2015 06: 39
      +9
      For this, sanctions were imposed so that Putin's rating would fall.
      Madhouse for a walk!
      1. 79807420129
        79807420129 23 December 2015 08: 05
        10
        Quote: Uncle Lee
        For this, sanctions were imposed so that Putin's rating would fall.
        Madhouse for a walk!

        Not only would the rating fall, but also in order for the people to jump on the outskirts and to throw off the GDP and turn Russia into a colony under this business, this already happened in 1991 and 1993.
        1. Uncle lee
          Uncle lee 23 December 2015 08: 23
          10
          Yes, this is clear to the hedgehog. No wonder Peter 1 invented the X-ray: I see you through and through! So their intrigues are clear to us.
        2. heal
          heal 23 December 2015 08: 40
          -7
          Quote: 79807420129
          Not only would the rating fall, but also in order for the people to jump on the outskirts and to throw off the GDP and turn Russia into a colony under this business, this already happened in 1991 and 1993.

          Can racing really turn a country into a colony? Moreover, since there’s nothing to transform, the country has long become a raw material colony.
          1. 79807420129
            79807420129 23 December 2015 08: 56
            +8
            Quote: heal
            Quote: 79807420129
            Not only would the rating fall, but also in order for the people to jump on the outskirts and to throw off the GDP and turn Russia into a colony under this business, this already happened in 1991 and 1993.

            Can racing really turn a country into a colony? Moreover, since there’s nothing to transform, the country has long become a raw material colony.

            The example of Ukraine, Georgia does not tell you anything, did you not live in 1991-93? Or do you yourself want to jump on a swamp (no offense)?
          2. Alexy
            Alexy 23 December 2015 19: 29
            +1
            Of course they can. Do you doubt it?
        3. Kent0001
          Kent0001 23 December 2015 12: 50
          +1
          Do not wait ....
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  3. MuadDib
    MuadDib 23 December 2015 06: 57
    +2
    V.Putin's rating, unfortunately, does not affect the ruble rate, the price tag in the store or the price of fuel. What does this rating affect in general?
    1. sa-zz
      sa-zz 23 December 2015 07: 20
      11
      Quote: MuadDib
      What does this rating generally affect?

      This rating influences the possibility or impossibility of carrying out a "color revolution" in Russia, which our former compatriots in the West dream about.
      The rating is the percentage of support for the President by the Russian population, who is pursuing an absolutely correct foreign policy, which is very annoying for the "partners".
      1. Niki
        Niki 23 December 2015 08: 31
        0
        This is a decryption of the rating in our (i.e., Russian) opinion.
        And what do they care about the rating of our president among our population?
        Well, let them look, they will be surprised, but why should they bathe about this ?!
      2. Belousov
        Belousov 23 December 2015 09: 36
        +4
        Quote: sa-zz
        who pursues an absolutely correct foreign policy, which is very annoying for the "partners".

        But on the other hand, the "partners" are incredibly pleased with Putin's internal policy, especially in terms of the genocide of the Russian people. Education is being destroyed, health care is being killed, national groups are being indulged in every possible way, etc.
        1. Alexy
          Alexy 23 December 2015 19: 32
          0
          Oh really? An example please sound
      3. Belousov
        Belousov 23 December 2015 09: 36
        +1
        Quote: sa-zz
        who pursues an absolutely correct foreign policy, which is very annoying for the "partners".

        But on the other hand, the "partners" are incredibly pleased with Putin's internal policy, especially in terms of the genocide of the Russian people. Education is being destroyed, health care is being killed, national groups are being indulged in every possible way, etc.
        1. sa-zz
          sa-zz 23 December 2015 11: 06
          0
          Quote: Belousov
          But on the other hand, the "partners" are incredibly pleased with Putin's internal policy, especially in terms of the genocide of the Russian people. Education is being destroyed, health care is being killed, national groups are being indulged in every possible way, etc.

          With this - trouble directly. There is no demand for bastard affairs.
          And with indulging Natsik - somewhere I already saw it, roofing felts with Hitler, roofing felts with alkaid, roofing felts with daish, roofing felts with Erdoganchik
      4. retsamtor
        retsamtor 23 December 2015 17: 23
        0
        THAT'S IT. MONEY CAN NOT BUY HAPPINESS.
    2. Niki
      Niki 23 December 2015 08: 26
      +1
      So they don’t explain on the side where they think up all sorts of different ratings, why they need them, why it is so important for them that even the presence of sanctions is somehow connected with the rating.
    3. heal
      heal 23 December 2015 08: 38
      +2
      Quote: MuadDib
      V.Putin's rating, unfortunately, does not affect the ruble rate, the price tag in the store or the price of fuel. What does this rating affect in general?

      Yes, it does not affect anything. He simply shows how many people believe in a "good king."
  4. samarin1969
    samarin1969 23 December 2015 07: 14
    +1
    Sanctions have been sharply tightened! Americans are nervous, not the cheapest shale oil requires many, many, many dollars of state support at $ 36. Their "grefs" endure in silence. Our Gref left Crimea with Sberbank, publicly spoke out angrily against the new regions of Russia. It didn't help! ... Daughters in Ukraine are under sanctions ...
    The Americans urgently need to shove the LDNR into Ukraine - it's time to raise oil.
    Judging by the outcome of the "irreconcilable" in the Donbass in recent days, a "mirror" cramming is underway in the LPNR ...
    Save Rating and Barrel!
  5. venaya
    venaya 23 December 2015 07: 24
    +1
    The White House “categorically objects” to the attempts of some EU states to link Russian achievements in Syria with the lifting of sanctions imposed on Ukraine.

    Into the bastard. Whatever to do - just to make a mess, and someone else calls this state "legal". What kind of right is this, the right to crush the disobedient?
  6. Great-grandfather of Zeus
    Great-grandfather of Zeus 23 December 2015 07: 28
    +2
    Give their sanctions-would introduce them immediately "until forever" so that we know what your European colonial intentions are-wake up your entire life as a colony of the united states without the right to vote
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 23 December 2015 07: 31
    +3
    It was correctly said at the beginning of the sanction that there would be no Ukraine, then the United States found another reason for imposing sanctions. Everything in the end is aimed at replacing (overthrowing) power in Russia. Therefore, they are so worried about the rating of GDP.
  8. aszzz888
    aszzz888 23 December 2015 08: 00
    +2
    The Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, the author recalls, believes that Europe is nothing more than an appendage of the United States, and it does not conduct an “independent foreign policy”.


    And when appendicitis, in the sense of an "appendage of the United States", fulfills its function, it will be removed surgically. It hurts, but what can you do is your own fault! laughing
  9. heal
    heal 23 December 2015 08: 36
    +2
    And yet, the correspondent notes, Putin’s popularity is high: according to the Levada Center public opinion poll, 85% of respondents have a positive attitude to the president.

    Well, then, everything is like an old man: the king is good, these are bad boyars.
  10. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 23 December 2015 08: 39
    0
    Already just for the fact that Putin to the west, like a bone in his throat, will support him. The West is our fierce enemy, and if the enemy is unhappy, then everything is moving in the right direction. Only, suko, slowly ... sad
  11. Gardamir
    Gardamir 23 December 2015 08: 41
    +2
    The first minus for the word implementation means implementation. Why can’t you speak Russian in Russia? It's a pity you can’t have a minus. Gorbachev also had a high rating until 1991. This is the first. Secondly, it’s quite ridiculous to compare the rating of Russian and American, not to respect yourself.
  12. aleks.29ru
    aleks.29ru 23 December 2015 08: 55
    0
    It is necessary to split the European Union introducing tough measures for some and repealing for others. They shuffle each other.
  13. Lelek
    Lelek 23 December 2015 10: 04
    +2
    (According to him, in the decision of the Russian side there are no economic grounds for introducing “counter-sanctions” against Ukraine)

    Well, yes, "... I'll go m ... lei I'll shoot. And if they shoot you? And why me?" Well, the posture of "Ukrainianship" is old and understandable, but the posture of the EU is just a masterpiece of logic. Germany and France are "guarantors" and bear equal responsibility for the actions of the Kiev godfathers. It follows that the EU should "sanction" them too, since it is Kiev that does not comply with any of the points of the Minsk agreement. However, only the Russian side is subject to sanctions. Everything is in the spirit of the Entente.
    (cry.)
  14. Dezinto
    Dezinto 23 December 2015 10: 35
    +2
    I read Ukrainian news here .......

    It’s like. Well it. fso.

    I'll go have a cup of tea. Because the function of afigirovaniya I have broken Ukraine.

  15. Dimon-chik-79
    Dimon-chik-79 23 December 2015 10: 52
    0
    The article is frankly provocative! After all, it is clear that the economy is our weakest point, and if in matters of foreign policy the support of the country's citizens is very high in the region of those very 90%, then internal problems can significantly reduce this rating. It is about this that the Americans were rightly speaking. It seems to me that another such approval of the government's work and the rating of our president could be significantly affected. But it is quite possible that the change of government was specially reserved for the moment of reaching the "true" bottom with the obligatory procedure for hanging the relying dogs. And the May decrees that have set their teeth on edge will be remembered first of all.
  16. moskowit
    moskowit 23 December 2015 10: 54
    +2
    The board of Vladimir Putin is a transitional board. And the Americans understand this. What will happen? Return to external control of the renegade Yeltsin times or the coming to power of the left-centrist forces of the forces of national revival. Nothing is clear yet. And all actions on the part of the world of apologists for “true democratic values ​​and freedoms” are preventive. And since the government is transitional, it often makes half-hearted decisions in economic and financial policy.
  17. Ajjh
    Ajjh 23 December 2015 12: 20
    +2
    Ukraine’s position is very clear: Russia will kill itself.
    Want to ruin Russia-do not bother Putin winked
  18. Ajjh
    Ajjh 23 December 2015 12: 26
    +1
    The article is frankly provocative! After all, it is clear that the economy is our weakest place, and if the support of citizens of the country is very high in matters of foreign policy in the region of those same 90%, then internal problems can significantly reduce this rating.

    Especially for you
    Watch from 1,40.

    What is the reason that the economy is at zero? Obama personally plundered the plants?
    1. Alexy
      Alexy 23 December 2015 19: 53
      0
      You look very smart. Following your logic, you need to behave like Yeltsin, then everything will be fine with us. Yes, only history tells the opposite. Your beloved Yavlinsky and Co. were already in power and were friends with the whole world. And factories, by the way, were robbed of them. Not Obama, of course, but all kinds of democrats under the direct supervision of Western advisers. Putin and all current power are not perfect, but where did you see perfect power.
  19. Boos
    Boos 23 December 2015 13: 59
    +2
    Quote: MuadDib
    V.Putin's rating, unfortunately, does not affect the ruble rate, the price tag in the store or the price of fuel. What does this rating affect in general?

    He also influences the heads of Dear Russians ...
  20. _my opinion
    _my opinion 23 December 2015 16: 52
    0
    “Of course, Russia will not receive any economic benefits from these actions, moreover, by abandoning the usual Ukrainian goods, Russia destroys itself,” he said

    and why did the howl rise from the "well-wishers" and ill-wishers?
    or are they crying for Ukraine? because nobody except Russia especially needs her goods ...
  21. retsamtor
    retsamtor 23 December 2015 17: 32
    0
    Quote: Gardamir
    Gorbachev also had a high rating until 1991.

    Something I did not see. One of us was living at the wrong time.
  22. Alexy
    Alexy 23 December 2015 19: 58
    +1
    Russia is now in a situation where it does not matter what to do, all the same you come under sanctions. How can one refer to the Minsk agreements if Russia, at least based on them, is not a party to the conflict.
  23. Cossack VVD
    Cossack VVD 23 December 2015 21: 39
    0
    The more Russia is criticized, the more I personally feel that the President is doing everything right. And why do states think that the more confident and more independent Russia behaves, the worse it is for it?
  24. North
    North 23 December 2015 22: 33
    0
    Distracted, well, get distracted further.
    December 31 1999 year.
    December 13 2015 year.
    16 years.
    not enough, however.

    May 9, 1945
    May 9, 1956

    comparable to vskidku?
    1. Vanko
      Vanko 23 December 2015 23: 19
      +1
      Expand please. What are we comparing?