The Sanction Backlash Will Push The 'West'
To Accept Russia's Demands
By Moon Of Alabama
March 09, 2022:
Information Clearing House
-- "For years the U.S.
committed policies that have left a lot of
countries grumbling. Now, as the U.S. needs
support to milden the consequences of
'punishing' Russia, those policies come back to
bite. So will the secondary effects of sanctions
the 'west' has imposed on Russia.
Today one report
calls news of US controlled bio-weapon
laboratories in Ukraine a 'debunked conspiracy'
while other news says that Under Secretary of
State Victoria Nuland tells Senators that
she is very concerned that 'research
materials' from these laboratories could fall
into Russian hands. If the 'research material'
is not weapon grade why is she concerned about
That does not fit well with the ongoing
anti-Russian propaganda campaign.
Nor do these maps.
The first shows the countries which banned
Russian airplanes from their airspace. Russia in
turn denied its airspace to operators from those
countries. It will cost quite a bit for U.S. and
EU airlines as their flight times and cost to
and from Asia, which typically fly through
Russian airspace, will now increase. Carriers
from Asian countries will now easily out-compete
U.S. and European airlines on these routes.
The second map shows those countries which
enacted sanctions against Russia. The secondary
effects of sanctions are likely to hurt these
countries as much as they hurt Russia. The
absence of African, Asian, Middle Eastern,
Central and South American countries is quite
It does not look like 'the world' or the
'international community' is backing the 'west'.
The U.S. also sanctioned all imports of oil
products from Russia. President Biden has blamed
Russia for the price increase that will
inevitably follow. I don't believe that mid-term
voters will accept that reasoning. European
countries can not follow that step as their
economies depend of imports of oil and gas from
Russia and will continue to do so for years to
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In a move that must have been quite
humiliating for the White House the leaders of
Saudi Arabia and the UAE
declined to take calls from the U.S.
president. They want the U.S. to designate the
Houthi movement in Yemen, which they have been
unsuccessful to suppress,
a terrorist group:
One hopes that the Biden administration does
not fall for these disgusting bribery
schemes but he has backed himself
into a corner, cutting off Russian
oil to punish Putin for a humanitarian
crisis in Ukraine, with no alternative but
to horsetrade with autocrats over the fate
of Yemenis a half a world away. If this is
geopolitics, heaven forgive us.
I don't think that the above is the only
request the Saudis and UAE leaders will have.
They are now in a situation in which they can
demand ever more.
Likewise humiliating is the administration's
opening of talks with Venezuela which it had
sanctioned all around in its attempt to regime
change the country. Caracas has released two
U.S. nationals from prison. It is willing to
talk. But before providing oil to the U.S.
market it will demand the lifting of all
sanctions and the return of all its assets the
U.S. and UK have confiscated. Biden will have
difficulties to find a Congress majority in
support of such steps.
The return of the nuclear deal with Iran,
which would enable more oil output, hangs in
balance as Russia demands sanction exemptions
for its trade with Iran.
The U.S. had attempted to press Poland to
deliver its old Mig-29 fighter jets to the
Ukraine. In Russia's eyes that would have been a
direct Polish aggression against it. Warsaw
found a smart way to avoid that. It offered to
deliver the jets to a U.S. airbase in Germany.
The tar baby would thereby stick to the U.S.
itself. The Pentagon declined to accept that.
The jet transfer is now most likely dead.
The U.S. and Europe are only starting to feel
the secondary consequences of the all out
economic war they hastily initiated against
Russia. The war will cause recessions not only
in Russia but also all over the 'west'. This
while Russia has yet to announce its counter
sanctions. There are many steps Russia could
take to hurt the 'west' by withholding this or
that resource. It is likely to start slowly to
then increase the pressure step by step.
It seems that there was given no thought at
all about the secondary effects the 'western'
sanctions would have.
Meanwhile the Russian intervention in the
Ukraine continues at a moderate pace. Russia is
not in a hurry as Zelensky is making noise
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky won't
accept Russia's demands for ending the war
unconditionally, but he's open to trying to
find a compromise that could include not
pursuing NATO membership.
Along with "cooling down" to the idea of
joining NATO, Zelensky told ABC News that
there's room for negotiating on the occupied
territories and unrecognized republics.
responded in kind:
Moscow is not aiming to overthrow the
current leadership in Ukraine, Russian
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
said, amid the ongoing military campaign in
the neighboring state.
“Its objectives don’t include occupation
of Ukraine, destruction of its statehood, or
the toppling of the current government. It’s
not directed against the civilian
population,” Zakharova told reporters at a
regular press conference on Wednesday.
The spokeswoman reiterated that Moscow
wants to defend the Donetsk and Lugansk
People’s Republics, which broke away from
Ukraine shortly after the 2014 coup in Kiev.
She added that Russia seeks the
“demilitarization and denazification” of
It will be interesting to see if the U.S.
allows Zelensky to go further down that path.
The secondary effects the sanctions will have
for the 'west' are likely to eventually lead to
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