Disinfo: Western sanctions are the cause of inflation


The rise in food and energy prices began with the coronavirus pandemic; during the past six months, the world witnessed more price increases due to the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia, which led to a sharp decrease in supply due to the severing of logistical and financial chains. The United States and its allies wanted to deprive Russia of profits and destroy its economy, and as a result caused great harm to the whole world, including to itself. This is an attempt to deflect responsibility from the Americans and Europeans to Russia.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions in the context of the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The claim that sanctions are the cause of inflation is an attempt to deflect Russia's responsibility for the global food crisis. Large-scale wars are, by definition, bound to cause global supply shocks that trigger inflation. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has destabilised global food markets and is driving food prices up due to increased cost of production, transport and freight insurance. Russia has also destroyed substantial food stocks, production, as well as processing and transport capacities in Ukraine.

Logisitically, EU sanctiond do not include trade with Ukraine. As for trade with Russia, the sanctions do not include the import of agricultural products unless a sanctioned individual is involved. Moreover, the sanctions only cover bilateral trade between the EU and Russia, meaning that third countries can import Russian agrifood products without restriction. The US also exempts transactions for food, agricultural products and medical supplies from sanctions.

Financially, EU sanctions excluded a limited number of Russian banks from the SWIFT network. However, banking relations via SWIFT can still continue as normal via the other Russian banks.

Read also related cases: Western sanctions cause food crisis and price growth, Sanctions against Russia worsen the economic crisis in the West, The EU lost more from sanctions than Russia, European sanctions against Russia do not work.


  • Reported in: Issue 305
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/08/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Europe, US, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Economic difficulties, economy, Sanctions, Invasion of Ukraine, Trade, War in Ukraine
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