Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia will regard the strengthening of U.S. sanctions as a Declaration of economic war. But in those statements, a lot of bluff. As history has shown with the Russian response to the spring wave of sanctions, the answer is nothing.
This 24 channel said the Chairman of the Board of the Center for applied political studies “Penta” Volodymyr Fesenko.
According to the analyst, it is unlikely that Russia will start war with the United States. But it could trigger an arms race. However, the conviction Fesenko is doubtful that Russia will have enough capacity. Although Russia has adapted to the sanctions, but is not in the best condition. A new wave of rearmament can only be due to the reduction of social spending, which will lead to increased tension in Russia. There are already problems with the pension reform.
The expert does not exclude that Russia may begin to build up military on the borders with NATO countries and Ukraine. What is already being done.
“The escalation of hostilities by the hands of Pro-Russian collaborators against Ukraine are possible. The paradox is that this can lead to the opposite result. First, it will give rise to new sanctions. Second, escalation, during the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine will play against Pro-Russian candidates and strengthen the position of the Patriotic forces. In the new Parliament may be more enemies of Russia. Appears calls for tougher action against the so-called fifth column”, – stressed Volodymyr Fesenko.
Plus, he notes, it will worsen Russia’s relations with Europe and a negative image of Putin, will be an occasion for the renewal of sanctions by the EU.
Putin is more profitable tactic of demonstrating a constructive policy. But Putin can act outside the box and against the rules. While the US and Russia is more afraid of each other. Become belligerent posture. But to act moderately, because it is not interested in a serious conflict. It is dangerous. Attempts of the agreements of the meetings will be. But the policy of sanctions will continue,
– said Fesenko.
Recall that the United States is developing new sanctions against Russia, which will affect the Pro-Putin oligarchs. The new sanctions are intended to punish Russia if it will interfere in the legislative elections of the USA which will be held in November. August 8, the press Secretary of the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert said that the US announce new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in British Salisbury in early March. They will become effective approximately August 22. The reason is “the government’s use of Russian chemical or biological weapons against its own citizens”.
Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that the strengthening of U.S. sanctions on Russia will be regarded as a Declaration of economic war. The Russian Prime Minister said that if the United States would ban the activities of banks or use a particular currency, the Kremlin can apply different methods to answer.