U.S. Escalates Sanctions War on Russia, Frustrated Russians Debate How to Fight Back

U.S. Escalates Sanctions War on Russia, Frustrated Russians Debate How to Fight Back

As tensions somewhat eased over Syria in the past week, with Moscow’s military chiefs meeting their U.S. counterparts in Azerbaijan and the Anglo-American case that chemical weapons use by Assad justified punitive missile strikes falling apart, the economic motives behind Washington’s belligerence remained. Despite delaying a new round of Russia sanctions announced by his neocon UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, on April 16, 2018 President Donald Trump tweeted an allegation that not only Beijing was a currency manipulator, but also Moscow. “Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable!”

The fact that U.S. sanctions announced earlier this month against key Russian industrial and metals conglomerates are a major reason for the ruble’s slide versus the dollar was not lost on the Russians, or the few Americans who chose to comment on this presidential tweet. Curiously the Trump tweet calling out Russia for supposedly malign economic behavior was ignored by the Cold War 2 enthusiasts. Perhaps admitting that there is anything the ‘gas station posing as a country’ with a GDP ‘smaller than Italy or Spain’s can do to actually impact the American economy is a taboo among neocons. Alternatively, since it doesn’t fit their Narrative that Trump is Putin’s puppet, the information is discarded. Most likely though this Trump tweet was simply lost in the legacy media shuffle of Stormy Daniels, extraordinary legal pressure on the President’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen, and the furious online and media propaganda war over Syria. Bloomberg, whose job it is to report on the Russian economy and not merely repeat deep state boasting about inflicting huge casualties upon ‘Wagner mercenaries’ in Syria, ran a story suggesting that the Kremlin is looking to make important concessions. Supposedly these present a way for the newly reelected Putin to save face with his hard liners, while paving the way for a White House summit the Kremlin desperately wants.

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