Disinfo: American sanctions aim to destroy the Russian economy

Summary

The aim of the American procedure (The United States imposing sanctions against three Russian companies under the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act) is to destroy the economic capacities of Russian companies.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about belligerence towards Russia and Western plans to destabilise and/or undermine Russia's economy.

The American “Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act - INKSNA” impose sanctions - penalties - against foreign individuals, private entities, and governments that engage in proliferation activities for the transfer of equipment or technology having the potential to make a material contribution to the development of weapons of mass destruction or cruise or ballistic missile systems.

The role of sanctions was never to destroy the capabilities of Russian companies, but as “Carnegie” Think Tank put it, the purpose of sanctions is precise to “deter or compel it to act in accordance with the interests of the sanctioning state… and they represent a particularly useful application of this foreign policy tool”.

For what it is worth, the new INKSNA measures will remain in place for two years, thus if the companies were found to truthfully comply with the demand of not engaging in proliferation activities during these two years.

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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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