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RUSSIA TELLS THE U.S. TO JUST LAY OFF ON SANCTIONS TALK BECAUSE IT’S NOT GOING TO GET THEM ANYWHERE
March 8 2014
Moscow, Russia – There are usually a lot of tools the United States has when it comes to influencing the way people do things around the world. Being the United States and all, having a large military and having economic interests that span the globe they usually, almost always, can do something when someone does something bad.
They are often very judicious when applying those techniques because they fully realize that just, say, using force or endorsing sanctions without thought to what the long-term impact will be can be troublesome. Sometimes though, like in the case of Iran, man do those thing work well.
The hope in the early days of the Crisis in Crimea was that similar methodology would apply, that showing Russia how they really felt about what was going on by cutting back on trade and the like would have a much bigger impact than just saying how they felt, especially since Russia doesn’t care about how they feel. Unfortunately the threat of sanctions has not gone as well as the U.S. had hoped and now Russia is basically just tell them to not bother because it will only make them angry and they won’t like them when they are angry.
“Sanctions ... would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, perhaps not realising that a boomerang actually comes back to, is caught, and then thrown again.
Lavrov, like all Russians, is a huge fan of using analogies when it comes to dealing with international crises.
The U.S. has very little economic influence over Russia on the whole so even if the sanctions were put in place, the rebound effect would be extremely limited and possibly make the whole effort pointless.
“I guess the big problem here, overall, is that Russia is a real country and the U.S. can get away with using these techniques on smaller nations, ones that are not really formidable, but against Russia, well, that’s a different thing entirely and Russia fully realizes that and I guess are calling them on that bluff,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “I mean it’s not really a bluff per say, the U.S. would certainly do it but they would just be measures put in place to show they are doing something, not things that would actually do something, just things to show they are taking action and Russia realizes that.”
It’s not clear if the U.S. will consider doing anything else about any of this since sanctions are really all they have at this stage.
“The U.S. will have to watch itself because it is pretty clear, to me at least, that Russia is darned serious about all this stuff. They really seem to want Ukraine and Crimea and all that, or at least some of it, and they are probably not going to just let the U.S. stop them with their silly little threats,” continued Hander. “I mean they are clearly not going to allow that, that’s why they are saying this. If they were going to allow that to happen they wouldn’t be saying anything, saying this is the clearest evidence that they don’t want to have this stuff happen.”
U.S. officials have apparently not decided what they are going to do now that Russia has objected and all.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent