New anti-Russian sanctions: causes and consequences

New anti-Russian sanctions: causes and consequences

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh recently announced Washington is working on a second round of very severe sanctions on Russia, since Moscow has not allowed on-site chemical weapons inspections. The Russian government recalled that the Russian Federation completed destruction of its chemical arsenals under strict international control as far back as September 2017 and called on the US to destroy its own arsenal of chemical weapons.

For several years Washington and Brussels have accused Moscow of interference with Ukraine's internal affairs, introducing restrictive measures. Today there is another wave of Washington's sanctions against Russia over the Skripal case.

Moscow considers holding dialogue using the language of sanctions as counterproductive. "The defectness, artificiality and unreasonableness of any sanctions, including those currently being imposed on Russia, are obvious. They are used in order to deform the image of the Russian Federation in the world information and political space. The problem is fostered on the eve of the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly, which I will attend as a member of the delegation approved by the Russian president," the chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, said.

In his opinion, only the lazy in the U.S. did not blame Russia for interfering in the presidential elections: "We have already been sanctioned. Today, once again, such a bill was signed to create a legal framework in order to pick up glasses and plug mouths to those who try to play the card of Trump as friend of Russia. Thus, the legislative base was created for those wrong things that are happening to us, over absolutely false accusations. An extra sanction package wouldn't actually make a difference. But confidence in the United States will begin to decline. If such sanctions as the closure of accounts in U.S. banks are widespread, people will stop accumulate savings in the countries which face a potential, theoretical danger of imposing any sanctions."

Slutsky believes that "the flywheel, untwisted against Russia by the Obama administration, rotates to the same destructive direction during Trump's presidency, and at a far greater rate."

The chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs promised: "We will continue to work with the congressmen, we will gnaw out common sense bit by bit. The Congress is scared, hunching shoulders, but somehow they understand the archaism, defectness and unreasonableness of these sanctions. It gives us hope for the development of interparliamentary cooperation with the Congress, no matter how difficult and utopian it may sound today."

Meanwhile, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, Alexis Rodzianko, told RIA Novosti that in the case of Washington's new sanctions and Moscow's retaliation steps, U.S. companies may completely withdraw from Russia. In his opinion, restrictive measures in the banking sector, rail transportation and the purchase of gas may de facto render fabrication unviable on the territory of Russia.