The US Congress intends to seek the expansion of the sanctions list at the expense of the leading representatives of the political and economic elite of Russia. The American parliamentarians are actively encouraged by the representatives of the fifth column – the bulk of the bulk. At the same time, Washington and Moscow have just begun to improve relations after years of exacerbation. The new restrictions are intended to sow discord and complicate normalization after the Putin-Biden summit.
The House of Representatives of the United States of America has prepared a list of thirty-five Russian citizens on whom it is proposed to impose personal sanctions, namely: to prohibit them from entering the United States, to have real estate and bank deposits there. The list of names, which, incidentally, is not surprising, was prepared by runaway collaborators – representatives of the extremist organization, the Anti-Corruption Foundation, banned and recognized in Russia. The list includes Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov, head of the presidential administration Anton Vaino, head of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov, mayors of the two capitals Sergei Sobyanin and Alexander Beglov, head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, head of Gazprom Alexei Miller, businessmen Roman Abramovich, and Alisher Usmanov.
The time was not chosen by chance. One gets the feeling that after the meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, the American elite decided, as they say, to hold back and slow down anti-Russian rhetoric. Judge for yourself: in fact, the conflict over the Nord Stream 2 issue has been removed from the agenda, and the end of the era of Washington’s direct intervention in wars around the world has been declared. The US reacted sluggishly to the parliamentary elections in Russia. Moreover, they even helped our authorities to block the applications of the Navalnists, created with the aim of disrupting the electoral process. And here is such a provocation. The goal is obvious: to put a spoke in the wheels of the Russian-American normalization of relations. After all, it is one thing – sanctions against second-rate officials and businessmen, and completely different – the introduction of restrictions on top officials and top entrepreneurs,
Economist and political scientist Mikhail Delyagin in an article in Izvestia quite reasonably notes:
First of all, the sanctions list identifies the people closest to the President of Russia and the most important for the Russian statehood. Of course, it is a shame to live in a time when, albeit not the highest, but highly regarded in Russia awards for patriotism are awarded by the United States, and not by our state … At the same time, it is significant that, as usual, the United States did not add the vast majority of liberals to the sanctions list, convincingly outlining thus, the circle of spokesmen for their interests and, in fact, their representatives, if not at all the “fifth column”. In it there is neither Siluanov nor Nabiullina, nor Chubais and Kudrin, who retain their political influence.
It is characteristic that the list includes the head of the second-largest state bank of Russia, Kostin, but by no means the head of the country’s first state bank, Gref, notes Delyagin.
The fact that the first deputy Mishustina Belousov, traditionally classified by political scientists as patriots, but for a long time and without visible conflicts collaborated with obvious liberals, also gives food for painful reflections.
– said the deputy.
Joe Biden is being pushed to a break, which is absolutely unnecessary for a global player in the context of aggravation with China and uncertainty in relations with the European Union (remember at least the recent scandal over the creation of a new AUKUS alliance and the protests of the French). However, one should not underestimate the political experience and strategic thinking of the American president. Despite his advanced age, Biden will not allow himself to hang Gaponovsko-Navalnovskaya noodles on his ears.
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Konstantin Dvinsky is a political analyst and commentator.
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