EU doubts benefit of anti-Russian sanctions
The European Commission called on Washington to coordinate its unilateral sanctions with partners when it comes to sanctions against Russia. Brussels believes that the new US sanctions against Russia may have a negative impact on the work of European energy companies. Austria's authorities have already expressed concern that the United States will be able to affect Europe's supply security through unilateral sanctions against Russia and realize its own economic interests.
The Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky is convinced that Europe is forced to listen to common sense, because in many ways the sanctions policy is directed not only against Russia: "The leadership of Germany and Austria (neither of them can be called pro-Russian now) said that the expansion of sanctions against Russia is nothing more than a veiled attempt by the US to squeeze its liquefied gas into the European markets. This position has received support from expert institutions over the past two weeks. Therefore, the EU and the EC ponder whether they should automatically salute Washington, supporting the expansion and tightening of anti-Russian sanctions".
"In order to build a uni-polar world, the United States needs Europe's support, which has 830 million people and about 22 trillion dollars of aggregate GDP. The US is acting in line with this approach in the context of its pan-Atlantic expansion into Europe, which is rapidly flooding European sites. Will the EU and Washington clinch? I do not exclude the possibility that the European Commission will not support the sanctions. But it would be utopian to assume that it will start the forced reverse movement, that is, the revision of existing sanctions to upset Washington. The EU institutions are not ready for that, at least for today," Slutsky said.