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As Mueller investigation wraps up, US and EU hit Russia with more sanctions (Video)

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the latest round of sanctions set to be imposed by the United States and the European Union against Russian individuals and companies involved in last November’s Kerch Strait incident, where Ukrainian naval vessels entered Russian waters without warning near the Crimean peninsula.

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It’s been at least a few months since the US or western nations unveiled some new, broad sanctions targeting Russia, and with the Mueller “collusion” report due any minute, it’s time for Trump to once again remind the audience of the biggest ever soap opera, that he is not a BFF with Vladimir Putin. As such, the FT reports that the US and EU are close to agreeing a raft of new sanctions against Russia, this time in a co-ordinated push aimed at punishing Moscow for its “aggression” towards Ukraine in the Kerch strait.

More than two months after the incident, and despite repeated appeals from the US and EU states to release them, 24 Ukrainian sailors are still being detained by the Russian authorities, after Russian Navy ships rammed and fired on three Ukrainian vessels that Moscow said were “maneuvering dangerously” near the Kerch Strait. The Russian Coast Guard captured some two dozen sailors after commandeering the ships, which included to Ukrainian artillery ships and a tugboat. Russia has refused to release the ships and the sailors despite demands from European and US officials.

The latest move to counter what has been described in western capitals as “a persistent campaign of malign behavior by Russia”, would be jointly applied by the US and the EU.

The new measures will be discussed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers next Monday according to the FT, and could be levied in the next two months, according to diplomats briefed on the discussions.

“This is waiting in the wings,” said one of the diplomats, citing internal documents. The person added that the new sanctions were expected to be tabled by the end of March.

According to a western government official quoted by the newspaper, the sanctions were expected to be directed at those individuals and companies involved in Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait last November.

News of the latest sanctions hit Russian ETFs such as the RSX, while the USDRUB spiked to session highs, jumping from 65.55 yo 66.20 before retracing some gains.

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Olivia Kroth
February 14, 2019

That was to be expected. No matter what Muller finds or does not find, the US regime will always continue to hit Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and other states around the world with sanctions. Nothing new under the sun, almost not worth while mentioning. It is the US regime’s “business as usual”.

MOLOTOK
MOLOTOK
February 14, 2019

The days of the EUSSR shooting itself in the face for the anglozionazi empire of carnage are slowly coming to a close as the IOU petroscrip Sadui Mercan toilet paper dollah gets flushed from the ponzi “economy” of banksters, warmongers and gamblers that USSANS and Europeons call their industries and e-con-omies.

Onward with all haste to the collapse of the freeloader Western “democracies” and their genocidal scams of their disgusting oligarchs.

Peter
Peter
February 14, 2019

I don’t know why Russia doesn’t just dish out some impact on Germany like an energy sanction.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Peter
February 15, 2019

To hell with the US regime and the EU concentration camp. Russia is going its own way.

Regula
Regula
February 14, 2019

These new sanctions are really just a cover for the utter stupidity of the Mueller investigation and the prosecution and mistreatment of Maria Butina. They are a cover for western weakness.

Phori
Phori
February 14, 2019

Might be that the real “collusion” is the sanctions policy against Russia. Does it not make Russia more self-sufficient and self-reliant, aspects that the U.S. wants to do through “MAGA” promotion and programmes? So, instead of The Donald and Vlad being preferred pals, the powers-that-wanna-be are actually enhancing the Russians’ ability to do without whatever The Donald might have had to offer, whether agricultural or material or social! Russia’s economy is more sound, its foreign affairs are more respected, and its social fabric is less and less tattered. Why? Sanctions? For the good and bad: https://www.politico.eu/article/russias-boom-farming-economy/

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Phori
February 15, 2019

I also see Russia becoming more self-sufficient and stronger because of US regime’s sanctions. Bravo Russia! Keep going strong!

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Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 15, 2019

Russia needs to get its brands back from the US. The Americans bought up tons of products and almost everything out of the grocery store is by P&G, Kellog, Cargill, Mondelez, etc. I don’t understand why Moscow is flooding the streets with Burger King, McDonald’s, KFC, Papa Johns, and other garbage boxes. These companies fill the market and will prevent domestic growth and will funnel wealth to the US who is doing all to harm Russia.

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