After the spectacular failure of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the UK is operating a “vaccine war” by authorising in a rush the US/German vaccine of Pfizer/BioNTech before the US and Germany, its own makers. This looks like a very “British” geopolitical manoeuvre of a war vaccine: “NATO’s vaccine”. Knowing of the legendary perfidy of the British, it is not surprising that the British try to control the geopolitical logistics of the vaccine at a global scale. They are so fanaticised that, after their own vaccine of AstraZeneca failed, they prefer to test a US/German vaccine than using the Russian Sputnik V – with a cost 7 times lower and that doesn’t require a -70ºC refrigeration, which requires an enormous additional cost- or the several Chinese vaccines.
European sanctions against Russia do not work; Germany and Europe want to be at war with Russia again.
This statement contains two recurring pro-Kremlin narratives. The first one claims that Western sanctions on Russia do not have any effect on the Russian economy and the second alleges that the EU wants a war with Russia.
The EU sanctions against Russia were adopted as a reaction to the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.
The annexation of Crimea and the consequent imposing of sanctions by the West sparked a wave of net capital outflows. The Central Bank of Russia recorded in 2014 that net capital outflows from companies and banks reached $151.1 billion compared to $61 billion the year before.
According to research into the effect of sanctions, the cumulative export loss to Russia during 2014-2018 is estimated at EUR 30 billion (about -0.2% of EU’s GDP in 2018). While these sanctions do effect EU's economy, the EU-wide impacts of the export losses are estimated at less than 0.2% of total value-added and employment.
NATO, which includes 21 EU member states, does not want war with Russia and previously stated that their "exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia." Instead, NATO remains open to meaningful dialogue with Russia. However, in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia.