Macron pretends to help the peace process, but he sends weapons to Ukraine. The current policy is suicide for France as we send billions to the most corrupted country in the world. Money will never help Ukrainians it only increases the wealth of Oligarchs. Besides sanctions are stupid as Russia is the main raw material supplier in the world. It means only Europe will suffer from sanctions, not Russia.
Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the EU countries should not help Ukraine, nor get rid of the energy dependency on Russia, nor impose sanctions on Russia after its aggression against Ukraine.
Ukraine was far from being the most corrupted state in the world according Transparency international in 2021 (rank 122/180 while Russia is behind at 136/180). Though, this high level of a corruption is a concern for foreign aid and reforms to reduce it are made in the exceptional full scale war situation. The Association Council between the EU and Ukraine stated for instance on 5 September 2022:
"The Association Council welcomed the steps that Ukraine had taken thus far with regard to reforms in the sphere of anti-corruption, fighting against fraud, anti-money laundering and rule of law and urged Ukraine to pursue further efforts in these areas. It stressed the paramount importance of ensuring the independence, effectiveness and sustainability of the anti-corruption institutional framework and avoid politisation of the work of all law enforcement agencies. The Association Council welcomed the major steps taken by Ukraine towards a comprehensive reform of the judiciary in 2021 and the appointment of the new Head of the Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, while emphasising the urgent need to complete the selection of the new Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the reform of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU), including a clear and transparent competitive selection process for judges."
The effects of sanctions on the Russian economy are real and long term. For example, the Russian military complex has difficulties procuring high tech components required to produce weapons.
Finally, REPowerEU is not a way to sanction Russian economy but more generally a plan to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition.
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