Disinfo: Washington implemented new anti-Russian sanctions and pushed relations with Moscow into deeper crisis

Summary

The US Department of Commerce announced the list of 103 Chinese and Russian companies linked to the military. Export restrictions will be implemented for these companies.

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Washington is ignoring its own business interests with anti-Russian fervor. The US cancels the possibility of cooperating with Russia in very promising area, including civil aviation, engineering, manufacturing of devices, metal industry.

This step pushes relations between Russia and the US into a deeper crisis. It will only be possible to exit this crisis if the US is ready to develop relations on the principles of equality and mutual respect.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the anti-Russian position of the US. New restrictions on Russian companies (as well as on Chinese) are aimed:

“to combat efforts by China and Russia to divert U.S. technology for their destabilising military programs”.

The current crisis in relations between Russia and the US is linked to Moscow's modus operandi, including oppression against its own civil society, aggression against its neighbours, attacks on democratic institutions etc. The official position of the US Department of State in the context of relations with Russia is:

“The United States would like to move beyond the current low level of trust with Russia, stabilize our relationship, and cooperate where possible and when it is in the core U.S. national security interest to do so. To achieve this, Russia must take demonstrable steps to show it is willing to be a responsible global actor, starting with a cessation of efforts to interfere in democratic processes. The long-term goal of the United States is to see Russia become a constructive stakeholder in the global community”.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation often tries to present the sanctions on Russia as Russophobic or not in the interest of the countries imposing them. See similar examples: US sanctions policy is ineffective; American sanctions aim to destroy the Russian economy; US sanctions against Ramzan Kadyrov are part of Washington’s Russophobic strategy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Lithuanian
  • Country: China, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Military, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Sanctions

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