US imposes unilateral sanctions on Russia?

18 Jul

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Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported in “U.S. preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia” that,


“The United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama administration’s frustration with Europe’s reluctance to take tougher action against Moscow, according to U.S. and European officials.

“Until now, the U.S. has insisted on hitting Russia with penalties in concert with Europe in order to maximize the impact and present a united Western front. [However,]The European Union has a far stronger economic relationship with Russia, making the 28-nation bloc’s participation key to ensuring sanctions packages have enough teeth to deter Russia.

“But those same economic ties have made Europe fearful that tougher penalties against Russia could boomerang and hurt their own economies. After weeks of inaction, the officials say the U.S. is now prepared to move forward alone if EU officials fail to enact strong sanctions during a meeting Wednesday in Brussels.”


Insofar as the US has formerly needed and relied on EU support for sanctions, that’s evidence that the US “alone” lacks sufficient power to influence Russia by economic means.

Insofar as the US now imposes unilateral sanctions on Russia, the US is being separated from Europe. Unilateral sanctions would imply that the EU (and perhaps NATO) is no longer as subservient to the US as was formerly true. Rising EU independence from the US constitutes a kind of victory for Russia.

Unilateral US sanctions also imply that Europe realizes that it has more in common with Russian that with the US.  Again, that’s a victory for Russia.

Unilateral sanctions are admissions that the US has not only lost influence over Europe, but is being “divided” from Europe in the sense of “divide and conquer”.

The EU/US alliance isn’t broken, but it is eroding.


Posted by on July 18, 2014 in European Union, Geo-Politics, Russia, Ukraine


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9 responses to “US imposes unilateral sanctions on Russia?

  1. David

    July 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Al, might that not be a good thing insofar as sending monies to these countries,depending or relying on them to back us up on on issues that affect us all .I am not an ioslationist but less dependancy on Europe might be a good thing long term ….Keep the money at home and our food and just leave them alone and let them live their lifestyle and not interffer with them

  2. Adask

    July 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I’m not complaining that the US government will be marginalized and isolated. I don’t believe that mere coincidence explains the growth of the US police state took place at the same time were were engaged in foreign military “police actions”. I can’t prove it, but I hope and suspect that if the US gov-co loses enough wealth and power to be prevented from engaging in wars overseas, it will also be less able to impose a police state at home. I’d gladly give up the gov-co’s power to invade other countries if that meant there’s be a correlative reduction in gov-co’s power to invade my home.

  3. angelastark

    July 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    First of all, what is said and shown in the media is all scripted. It’s all for show and it’s the very programming they use on the people to manipulate their minds and hearts. We cant prove any of it as being factual, yet they (they as in those that control the media) steer us in whatever direction they want us to go, like sheep.

  4. henry

    July 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    I have seen no evidence that the US had anything to do with the plane that was recently shot down but the timing is interesting. Europe was not going along with the sanctions against Russia, If the United States can pin the plane crash in Ukraine on Russia, Europe may have a change of heart. If that happens then the party who benefitted the most from the plane crash is the United States. There is supporting evidence that the United States has participated in similar disasters in the past.

  5. Pat Fields

    July 19, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    ‘Sanctions’, on another independent country? On what authority and jurisdiction? No, the ‘sanctions’ are imposed on legal entities (aka: corporations) of DC city-state statutory construction … regardless how it’s falsely described by Orwellian ‘news’ propagandists.

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