New U.S sanctions on Russia

Russia is one more time targeted by some new economic sanctions from the United States. This decision has been made because of the Case Skripal where Russia has been  accused of having used some forbidden chemical weapons, but also because of the interference case during the American electorate in 2016.  Even if the President of […]

Russia is one more time targeted by some new economic sanctions from the United States. This decision has been made because of the Case Skripal where Russia has been  accused of having used some forbidden chemical weapons, but also because of the interference case during the American electorate in 2016. 

Even if the President of the United States has been showing some friendly and closer relations with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin during the meeting in Helsinki (Finland) , the behavior of the American President has been mostly criticised because of being considered as « Pro Putin » by the Trump Administration. All of this, comes from the fact that Russia is involved in the Interference Affair during the Presidential Election campaign in the USA. The Trump Administration has let known this, and the decision concerning the new sanctions has been taken but not only for these reasons. This decision has been announced after having considered that Moscow has not respected international laws. 

 

Are Russians really responsible of this affair ?

 

According to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, it calls for sanctions to Russia. The country lead by Vladimir Putin has 90 days to prove if yes or not, chemical and biological weapons have been used in the Skripal Case and if it’s still present in the Russian territory. These decisions have many impacts. First of all it would have many economical impact for Russia. In fact, the sanctions are about some items which may have military uses exported from the US to Russia, but also about some technological products. Another aspect, is about the right for a Russian Airway company to land in America during the period that sanctions are applied. Moreover, since the announcement of these new sanctions , the Russian Stock Market has been decreasing as investments in the country. The other impact is on diplomatic relations between both countries. Actually, the President, Donald Trump would like to have some stability and peaceful relations with the Russian Leader even when we know that this relation seems complicated. One the one hand , in March, Trump ordered to expel 60 of Russian diplomats from US territory, and this is not the first time that the US sanctions Russia. 

In reaction, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, Dimitri Polyanskiy has twitted : « The theater of absurd continues. No proofs, no clues, no logic, no presumption of innocence, just highly-liklies. Only one rule: blame everything on Russia, no matter how absurd and fake it is. Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America! ». Moreover, Russia declares that it has nothing to do with this poisoning happened in the United Kingdom, but also that retaliations are coming to respond to the US.

 

Dimitri Polyansky defending Russia in the United Nations. Hard job !

Russia is not the only country to have reacted about. In Europe Italy has letting known that the relation between Russia and the United States is one of the most important in the Word and the Italian Prime minister Sir Conte calls to establish dialogue between these two global powers. It looks also as an opportunity to get dialogue between the Western World and Russia. This also looks like the general European point of view of knowing this decision. As we know, the European Union is trying to fix the relations whereas London does agree with the decisions, Italy such as Brussels and Paris show some disagreement about it. 

Now, we wonder which changes would relations between Russia and the rest of the world take, and which kind of diplomatic impacts those disagreement and decision would have between Europe, America and Russia. 

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