Recently, the US Treasury Department added dozens of Russian entrepreneurs, senior officials and companies on a sanction list in response to Russia’s alleged worldwide “malign activity.” Sputnik spoke with Joe Quinn, internet essayist, researcher, author to find out more current political situation on international arena.
Sputnik: In your view, what consequences can these sanctions have onÂ US-Russia relations?
Joe Quinn: Russia-US relations are already atÂ a historic low point, sanctions therefore obviously will only worsen the relationship. That said, there is a positive result fromÂ such actions byÂ the US inÂ that it encourages Russia toÂ seek other more reasonable international partners withÂ whom toÂ do business. This can only be good forÂ diversifying the Russian economy and creating a stronger opposition block ofÂ nations that can effectively challenge the US vision ofÂ a unipolar world.
Sputnik: The move was already called hostile and baseless byÂ some Russian officials, what is your take onÂ that?Joe Quinn: Well the move obviously was hostile and it was clearly baseless because it was justified byÂ the lie told byÂ British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson that it was known that the alleged ‘nerve agent’ used toÂ poison Skripal and his daughter was made inÂ Russia. There is no evidence that the nerve agent was produced inÂ Russia.
This latest roundÂ of sanctions must be seen inÂ the context ofÂ the propaganda offensive that the US and UK have been waging againstÂ Russia forÂ several years. They are an attempt toÂ blacken Russiaâ€™s name inÂ the minds ofÂ people and politicians aroundÂ the world. But the question is, toÂ what end? These kind ofÂ attacks point toÂ Western nations, inÂ particular the US and UK, viewing Russia asÂ a serious threat toÂ their own positions inÂ global power politics. Of course, that view is nothing new, itâ€™s asÂ old asÂ the Cold war, and itâ€™s obvious atÂ this point that the cold war never endedÂ â€” atÂ least fromÂ the Western perspective. But it also brings upÂ the question ofÂ what the Cold War really was about. The Cold War was defined asÂ an existential fight againstÂ the political and economic ideology ofÂ Communism, the clash ofÂ civilizations asÂ it were. But the Soviet Union and Communism ENDED, and yet the Anglo-American attacks onÂ Russia have not and are today more intense thanÂ ever. So do we have toÂ rethink the entire cold war rationale? Was it never really aboutÂ Communism? Events today would seem toÂ suggest so, that there is something else aboutÂ Russia and its people that troubles Western powers.
At this point Russia can easily dismiss the propaganda offensive because it is obviously nonsense, it can simply respond withÂ the truth and that will be enough onÂ that score. But it needs toÂ watch carefully forÂ the possible economic moves aimed atÂ damaging the Russian economy that will be made using the propaganda asÂ justification. Russiaâ€™s only real options are toÂ continue doing what it has been doing â€“ asserting itself and expanding its influence aroundÂ the world, or even increase the tempo ofÂ that because it seems that is seen asÂ a real threat byÂ the Anglo-American establishment.
Sputnik: Do you think there will be any countermeasures introduced byÂ Russia inÂ the nearÂ future?Joe Quinn: Russia can impose similar measures againstÂ the US and the UK and any other European nation that has participated inÂ these attacks onÂ Russia, although it must be careful not toÂ engage inÂ any self-defeating moves whereby the Russian economy would suffer. In my opinion the most appropriate response fromÂ Russia would be toÂ continue toÂ challenge the US and British anti-Russian narrative withÂ the truth and toÂ continue doing what it has been doing â€“ asserting itself and expanding its influence aroundÂ the world, or even increase the tempo ofÂ that because it seems that is seen asÂ a real threat byÂ the Anglo-American establishment.