Russians See Sanctions Regime as a Blessing in Disguise
August 1, 2017
German exports to Russia have increased by twenty percent despite the existing sanctions against Russia, says University of Kent professor Richard Sakwa
President Putin of Russia did not wait for Donald Trump to sign or veto the sanctions bill against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The bill was passed by Congress last week. Russia has retaliated already against the US sanctions by demanding that US reduce its mission staff in Russia by 755, no later than September.
Russia has also blocked access to property used by US diplomatic staff, in response to US seizing two Russian diplomatic properties here in the US. Russian government spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said there was no point in waiting for Donald Trump to sign the bill into law, as the legislation was adopted in Congress already. He also said that US would have to demonstrate the political will to improve relations with Russia by rehabilitation from aggravation of political schizophrenia.
Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent and an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs. Recent books include The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism, and the Medvedev Succession; Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky - Yukos Affair; Putin Redux: Power and Contradiction in Contemporary Russia and Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands. He is currently working on his latest book called Russia against the Rest: Pluralism and the Post-Cold War Crisis of World Order.
Без кота́ мыша́м раздо́лье: Without a Cat, Mice Feel Free.