Obama fails to impose sanctions on Russia, new Ukranian gov’t starts Nazi-style purge

Saturday, March 29, 2014
By Paul Martin

29 March 2014

US President Obama has spent almost an entire week in Europe trying to convince the EU partners to punish Russia for the Crimean referendum. He could not secure economic sanctions against Moscow in Brussels, although there were lots of professions of the EU’s common position with Washington. Europeans have so skillfully managed to carry out the negotiations that they have not agreed upon any radical measures while the rhetorical support of the US has been fully demonstrated. The “sweetest gift” for Obama was the reformatting of the G8 into G7 (minus Russia) – an insignificant step, albeit symbolically important for the US.

As for the EU sanctions against the Kremlin, the EU representatives listened to Obama, nodded in agreement, but refused to impose sanctions. The leading countries of the European Union find it difficult to understand why they should cut their ties with the biggest trading partner outside the EU only to support the ultra-nationalist and pro-Nazi cabinet, which Washington put in Kiev. Only in Germany, more than 300,000 jobs depend on economic relations with Russia. Most Russian analysts believe that the US passages about sanctions are part of the information and psychological war against Moscow. Plus it obviously shows Washington’s panic on account of the failure of the “Ukrainian operation.” In fact, neither the US, nor Europe are going to impose sanctions, Director of the International Institute of the Newest States, Alexei Martynov believes.

“Today is not the best moment for the West to impose any sanctions against Russia. The fact is that during the last 20 years, it was the same West that invested titanic efforts to make Russia a part of the global economy. Today’s rhetoric is diplomatic exercises. The West simply cannot agree that Russia pursues an independent policy and does what it deems appropriate and fair.”

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