Sanctions Are ‘a Projection of US’ Global Imperialist Ambitions’

Saturday, July 29, 2017
By Paul Martin

As the US Senate approved the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, EU countries have repeatedly criticized the move as contradicting their interests. According to German economist Rudolf Hickel, the sanctions are driving a wedge between Washington and Brussels.

On Thursday, the US Senate approved a bill that would impose sweeping sanctions on Russia and seeks, in particular, to target companies that invest in Russian energy projects. The bill now has to be either signed or vetoed by US President Donald Trump.

France and Germany have so far spoken out against the bill as it affects European industries while advancing US commercial interests.

“At the moment, there is no unity on the issue of anti-Russian sanctions between the EU and the US,” Hickel said. “Having made this decision on the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions, the US House of Representatives made a mistake. This decision is motivated by internal political factors. This is a provocation directed against Trump,” he continued.

According to Hickel, the new sanctions once again demonstrate the US is striving for global dominance. The expert noted that there was “no immediate reason to impose these sanctions now” as the investigation into alleged hacker attacks and interference in the US presidential election is still underway.

“In this case, these sanctions are rather counterproductive,” the expert stated. “They are a projection of the US’ global imperialist ambitions.”

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