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Will the U.S. Sanction India for S-400s or Grant it Waiver?

The clock is ticking to find out whether the U.S. will sanction India upon receiving Russia’s S-400s sometime in November as planned—like it threatened to do per the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (CAATSA)—or if it will grant its new military and strategic partner a waiver like two senators have just requested. The Republican John Cornyn and the Democrat Mark Warner wrote a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden asking him to do ...

Korybko Andrew
29.10.2021 16:47:41

Will U.S. Sanctions Against Ethiopia Provide Russia with Regional Opening?

The U.S. has recently imposed sanctions against some Ethiopian officials who Washington blames for alleged human rights abuses in the country’s restive Tigray Province. The background context is that members of the previously most important party of the former Ethiopian ruling coalition,...

Korybko Andrew
04.06.2021 16:38:56

Replace Murderous Sanctions With Economic Reconstruction, Putin Gives A Lesson In Statecraft

... And if someone refuses to understand this obvious thing or does not want to conduct a dialogue and chooses a selfish and arrogant tone with us, Russia will always find a way to defend its stance." He continued, polemically criticizing the use of sanctions and the launching of regime change coups as instruments of foreign policy: “At the same time, unfortunately, everyone in the world seems to be used to the practice of politically motivated, illegal economic sanctions and to certain actors’ ...

Schlanger Harley
26.04.2021 12:41:14

Nordstream and Turkstream can help improve relations between Russia and its neighbors

... of natural gas to Hungary by 57.5% from the previous year. Therefore, to meet a growing demand for natural gas in countries like Hungary the continued construction and expansion of the Turk Stream pipeline remains critically important. Effects of U.S. Sanctions against Nord Stream for European customers: Threats of sanctions by the U.S. have threatened to derail Russia’s pipeline projects. If sanctions are carried out, then projects like Nord Stream II will come to an end. It must be determined ...

Диаз Натан
24.06.2019 17:25:51

CAATSA: A Nightmare for Indian Diplomacy

... multi-vector foreign policy aimed at preserving India's strategic autonomy to achieve an acknowledged great power status has hit the CAATSA roadblock in developing strategic partnership with its time-tested ally Russia. Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) adopted by the US Congress last year in its present form leaves no room for New Delhi to pursue defence cooperation with Moscow as almost entire Russian military-industrial complex and its top managers are under sanctions for Crimea,...

Шукла Винай
25.04.2018 00:12:20

Against the odds: The USSR and East-West Germany energy relations

... attempted to convince European leaders not to accept any further natural gas supplies from the USSR (sounds familiar 1,2,3). The failure to convince his European partners left the Reagan Administration with the only remaining option – to impose sanctions on gas compressor station elements, that were produced in the US. This eventually led to a major political crisis and the sanctions were removed several months later. The Urengoy pipeline constructions continued and as a result of the previously ...

Karkalanov Tsvetko
06.06.2016 12:08:00

Germany and Russia Intensify Gas Cooperation Despite Political Tension

The quality of the commercial cooperation between Russian and Western European companies in the energy sector has remained significant, despite the sanctions regime. Strong economic rationale seems to prevail over politics. The German-Russian relations have been the most prominent in the region and have long-existed under the mutual awareness of interdependence. This perceived paradigm has led to ...

Karkalanov Tsvetko
27.05.2016 12:32:00

Circumventing sanctions: Yamal LNG becomes a precedent

The Yamal LNG project has recently demonstrated that Russia’s eastward pivot may in fact provide a solution to the financial constrains, imposed as a result of the Ukraine-related Western sanctions against Russian companies and individuals. Russian, French and Chinese investors have found a way to guarantee the completion of the Yamal LNG project, despite Washington’s eagerness to halt Russian energy companies from developing the ...

Karkalanov Tsvetko
16.05.2016 10:22:00

The European Sanctions, Italy and the Russian Federation: How Rome Can Help Moscow inside the EU

... peninsula with Moscow. The last initiative made by the European establishment against the Russian Federation reaffirmed, once again, the deteriorated status of bilateral relations between the Kremlin and Brussels, aggravated by the long lasting adoption of sanctions and counter-sanctions. The European message is clear: the dialogue with Russia, for now frozen, will only be reopened in case of return of Crimea to Ukraine, an option that currently seems extremely far from reality. If the EU’s position ...

Malinverno Filippo
06.05.2016 11:31:00

“Shields up – Red Alert!” The Wall’s in Europe are suddenly going back up

... inflaming an already intense situation, by allegedly planting snipers, in unmarked uniforms, around Maiden Square, during the public meeting in February 2014 and then having their hired guns, pick off people in the crowd. Mr. Putin gets the blame – sanctions are initiated The EU leaders and the US admin then immediately blamed Mr. Putin as culprit, for initiating that incident: with both Secretary of State, John Kerry and President Obama going on a withering verbal, undignified and wholly undiplomatic ...

Romain Victor
20.10.2015 20:56:00

A Year of sanctions against Russia – and now what?

A few days ago the Centre of Strategic and International Studies published a detailed analysis on the results of the economic sanctions imposed on Russia. Its author, Simon De Galbert, gave also some policy recommendations in case some future scenarios will materialize. Here I report the main points. • Transatlantic sanctions adopted against Russia, a strategy of hard ...

Cattabiani Enrico
12.10.2015 00:19:00


Last week I attended a conference titled “Russia’s food market in 2015”; it was the first of a series of panels that took place in occasion of the 24th World Food Exhibition, a well-known event which brought to Moscow more than 1500 firms from over 70 countries. At the discussion participated the Presidents of many Russian Commercial Unions in the food sector from one side and spokesmen of the Russian and Belarusian Ministries of Agriculture on the other. Issues such as the politics...

Cattabiani Enrico
23.09.2015 18:10:00

Russian Food Embargo: Between Political Myths and Economic Realities

Interview with professor Sonin, esteemed economist of the University of Chicago Russia has back fired to the western sanctions by banning the import of a wide range of food products in the context of the Ukrainian crisis. According to Russian authorities, this is a two-fold policy: on the one hand, it is economically non-profitable for the targeted countries, whereas,...

Cattabiani Enrico
16.09.2015 23:11:00

Public Opinion, Lobbies and Sanctions

... the Malaysian airplane MH17 in July 2014 marked a clear turning point in the context of the Ukrainian crisis. The EU leaders put aside their divisions and adopted a resolute approach on Russia for the first time. Russia’s partial isolation, the sanctions’ escalation and the crucial deterioration of the relation with the EU began with that. More than a year has passed since then but tensions are far from ending. Amid Russia’s veto for setting up a UN backed tribunal prosecuting ...

Cattabiani Enrico
02.09.2015 16:12:00

Italy’s Socio-Economic and Political Picture: on the Importance of Maintaining a Strategic (Informal) Partnership with Russia

That many in the EU countries don’t support the sanctions’ escalation with Russia should not come as a surprise. Besides their evident lack of effectiveness in changing Russia’s behavior, economic backlashes are convincing people that they might not be the most appropriate instrument, especially ...

Cattabiani Enrico
28.08.2015 11:56:00

Behind Russia’s self-imposed food ban

On August 4 last year, Vladimir Putin responded to the latest round of sanctions levied against his regime by imposing a ban on the import of food products from the EU, the US, and their supporters. The disruption of commerce was worth approximately $12 billion to the Russian economy, with secondary effects in the targeted ...

Cattabiani Enrico
26.08.2015 18:09:00

SPIEF 2015: Economic Opportunities in Russia Trump Western Political and Security Concerns

... security and business interests over Russia limits the West's success going forward vis-à-vis Moscow. Political differences continue to clash in Europe regarding Russia, despite the fact that EU foreign ministers unanimously extended sanctions against Russia through January 2016. But that level of coherence is even less visible in the business sector. European and American companies, despite scaling back their exposure to the Russian market, have largely committed to maintaining ...

Vuksic Spencer
26.06.2015 16:07:00

How Italy is Paying a High Price for Anti-Russian Policies

Just a few days ago the European Union has confirmed that the economic sanctions against the Russian Federation were extended for another year, or specifically up to 19th January 2016. Despite attempts to minimize the perceived impact of this policy on the economy of the EU in the eyes of the public opinion, the price being ...

Djouder Daniel
25.06.2015 13:34:00

Go East and List

... being outside of the MMoU had been a major issue for Russian companies considering capital raising in China, and fears were expressed as late as January that, amidst ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Russia's signing of the MMoU might be further delayed. Sanctions have been most effective in squeezing Russian banks and businesses by preventing them from meeting their borrowing needs. In April of last year Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Russian companies to delist from Western stock exchanges,...

Charlton-Stevens Uther
27.02.2015 00:11:00

A Chess Match for the Control of Oil

... operation. Breaking another economy through a oil price war alone might prove a risky endeavor when the attacker is highly dependent on oil themselves, but chances of success could be improved if pressure is applied by other means, namely if economic sanctions are added to the equation. So, talking about the real targets, Russia is the only one really mentioned by the Minister, and given the tones of West's foreign policy, there was no need to dissimulate this occurrence, because doing so ...

Djouder Daniel
30.12.2014 21:27:00


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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
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    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
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