One of the most important things people have to remember about the sanctions that have been imposed upon Russia is that they were not decided upon by a coalition of nations, but instead from a forced policy by the U.S. alone. And through their bullying of allied countries in the European Union and in Japan, others followed suit with Washington out of fear, intimidation, or from potential financial threats.
But following the ISIS terror attacks in Paris last weekend, at least one nation is bringing up the possibility of ending their stance with the U.S. in sanctioning Russia, especially since the French government is now pleading its case to Vladimir Putin to aid and assist their new war on the Islamic Caliphate.
President of French Senate Gerard Larcher strongly opposes sanctions against Russia and Russian parliamentarians, Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matviyenko said after a telephone conversation with her counterpart.
“Monsieur Larcher supports lifting the economic sanctions against Russia. He is also strongly against any sanctions against parliamentarians, any restrictions in their work,” she told reporters on Wednesday.
Earlier this week former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon called upon President Francois Hollande to cancel all sanctions against Russia so the two countries can unite in the common fight against terrorism. Fillon called the French authorities’ reluctance to cooperate with Russia the main mistake in the whole anti-terror campaign and said that the start of such cooperation would “pave the road to a larger anti-terror coalition.”
In July this year, member of the French National Assembly Thierry Mariani also said that in his opinion there were no grounds to keep the sanctions against Russia in place. He said this while on a visit to Crimea with a delegation of other French parliamentarians. – Russia Today
France has gone through alot since sanctions were imposed on Russia in early 2014, and these events mysteriously coincide with times when the government or businesses aided Russia in their economic programs. Beginning with the sudden ‘accidental’ death of Total’s CEO on an airstrip just outside Moscow, to the historic fining of BNP Paribas, and lastly to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France has seen more hardships administrated on their country than nearly all other European states combined.
The U.S. relies upon total compliance by its economic allies to ensure that their foreign policies work when singling out nation states they want to destroy. From Iraq and Afghanistan, to Iran and Russia, the threats of terror and military attacks, along with financial restrictions from the dollar and SWIFT, have been the Damocles Sword that has kept neutral states standing with Washington. But because of what took place last weekend in Paris, this may soon be changing as nations slowly throw off their shackles of U.S. hegemony and find solace in new allies bent on fighting real enemies, and who wish to deal with nations on an individual basis.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.