Disinfo: The White House has announced that its sanctions against Russia have failed


The White House has announced that its sanctions policy against Russia is a failure.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Western sanctions against Russia are unproductive and unjust.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest is quoted out of context, creating the impression that the US is admitting defeat in its sanctions policy. During a briefing on 6 October 2016, Josh Earnest explained that while the sanctions have not forced Russia to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, they are having an impact. More details from StopFake here.

Claims that the sanctions are ineffective are not backed by evidence. In reality most research support the view that sanctions, imposed on Russia by the US and EU following the annexation of Crimea and Russian meddling in the US election, have worked as planned, noting the drag they have imposed on Russia’s general economic

development since 2014: "This adverse effect most likely operates by depressing both foreign trade
and foreign capital flows into Russia. Russia’s own counter-sanctions have also had a clear negative
effect on the welfare of the average Russian household."

The false narrative about sanctions is often backed by false statistics. For example, the alleged economic growth of two percent does not withstand scrutiny. In 2018, the inflation rate went up and the rouble depreciated 20% against the dollar.

The sanctions are not an "anti-Russian policy" but were introduced after Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and the downing of the Malaysian passenger plane MH17. The latest decision on a six-month extension of EU sanctions against Russian was taken on the 12th of September 2019, lasting until March 2020.

Further reading on the Russian narrative about ineffective Western sanctions by StopFake. Similar cases herehere and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 48
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Sanctions
  • Outlet: Ukraina.ru
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