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US Sanctions Miscalculated

12.12.2014 19:08

Georgy Levchenko

Recently the US Senate passed a bill entitled "Ukraine freedom support act - 2014." The document provides US president with the right to supply Kiev with military equipment and to impose restrictions against Russian Federation, and companies controlled by the Russian government.

While the Senators give Barack Obama additional sanctions' power, the ruler of the White House questions the feasibility of new sanctions against Russia as they lead to a split between US and EU.

According to the Obama, mere introduction of restrictions is not enough to force Russia to adjust its position on the Ukrainian question. "To think that we can simply impose more and more sanctions and wait for Putin to change his mind is a miscalculation," - Obama said yesterday.

It's interesting that less than 10 days ago, December 3, 2014, Obama met with the leaders of the largest American companies and expressed doubt that Moscow will change its course without Western sanctions, and promised to continue the pressure.

The aim of the United States, of course, is not Ukraine itself,only lowering the turnover between EU and Russia is what matters, as well as American "guarantees" for the rest of the world: the military support, the dollars and so on.

However, circumstances demand Obama to change his stance. In a situation where Europe does not want to pay, and has accumulated a high degree of fatigue of Ukrainian crisis, the EU has to try other tactics.

Perhaps the States feel that with continued pressure, they would no longer be winning over Europe.

It seems that Obama has finally got the point of a statement made by the former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who claimed that the power resource and sanctions can only get an opponent to tougher positions. In addition, the introduction of new sanctions after the start of the Minsk peace process sounds like the height of cynicism - turns out that the US try to punish Russia for the normalization of the Ukrainian crisis.

Resolution adopted by the House of Representatives and the Senate bill, are quite warlike, but it is well known that Congress' activities are supported by only 10-12% of American society, so to say that Congress' opinion reflects that of US citizens, it is hardly correct.

Congressmen are exploiting the anti-Russian theme, considering the "enemy found" thinking it possible to exploiting the theme even further to achieve different political goals and also to show their commitment to protecting US "national interests".