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This article first appeared at 21st Century Wire and republished for The Duran at the author’s request.
Brussels is exhibiting zombie-like characteristics when it comes to the issue of Russian sanctions, as it nudges a teetering European economy towards the next crisis.
While actual European citizens and their elected leaders (not in Brussels) grow tired and continue to suffer economically from the EU’s seemingly endless regime of anti-Russian sanctions, globalist technocrats from the Brussels super-star chamber remain loyal to the US State Department and NATO party line by executing a policy of “isolation and containment” for Russia.
EU rolling sanctions are against Russia’s financial services sector, energy and defense-related industries, and also against named individuals within Moscow’s establishment. Russia has retaliated with reciprocal measures, blocking many major European imports, including agricultural products, from entering the Russian markets. In Germany, luxury brands like BMW have taken a major hit in export sales as a result of being denied trade with Russia.
Why is Russia being targeted by European sanctions? We’re told it’s because of the “annexation” of Crimea in 2014, and also because of “Russia’s role” in the Ukraine Crisis (a crisis planned and funded by the EU and the US).
What no member of the mainstream press, much less any political leader, will ever never mention is that the EU sanctions came into effect directly on the back of the downing of Flight MH17 over the Donbass in eastern Ukraine in July of 2014. In the aftermath, both the US and European leaders rushed to apportion blame on Moscow for the incident, even though there was never any evidence to back those sensational claims.
To date, there is still no evidence which implicates Russia in that air disaster, but the sanctions remain. Conversely though, there is a very strong case which demonstrates how the US-NATO and EU-backed regime in Kiev may have played a central role in that plane crash.
At a time when the EU is already dealing with a potential political insurgency over the Russian sanctions issue, Brussels has opted to simply ignore any calls from prominent political leaders within leading member states to end anti-Russian sanctions and get back to normal business and international trade across Europe and Eurasia.
There’s a clear split on this issue in Europe right now. The Financial Times reports:
“Diplomats had feared the move would spark a major political battle between states such as Hungary, Greece and Italy, which favour a rethink on sanctions, and the more hawkish states, including Poland and the Baltic countries, which want the regime to continue.
But officials in Brussels say the diplomatic path for the decision, which could come within the next fortnight, has been cleared after the more dovish states postponed their demands for a big rethink on the sanctions until a summit of EU leaders set for December.”
Flying in the face of president François Hollande’s support for a six-month rollover, a significant opposition is being mounted by France whose Senate already passed a non-binding resolution this week which calls for the “gradually and partially” lifting of sanctions against Russia.
In addition to the French, other major eurozone players have been losers due to US-led EU sanctions policy. Both Italy and Spain have also suffered greatly from anti-Russian sanctions. Back in late 2015, 21WIRE covered this Italian revolt which was brewing at the time and has gained momentum since.
It may take another 6 months, but the writing is already on wall: the US-NATO-EU plan to collectively punish both European and Russian trade has almost zero traction in terms of European public opinion.
Meanwhile, while Europe seems to be moving towards normalizing relations with Russia, behind their backs, the US-NATO Axis continues to stir up instability in the Ukraine with its defacto military support for Kiev and turning a convenient blind eye to the full-spectrum policy of suffocation that Kiev has prosecuted against the country’s eastern peoples.
Still, some European leaders are none the wiser. The FT adds here:
“Germany, France, Italy and the UK paved the way for a rollover decision at the G7 summit last month, with leaders concluding they had little choice because of the patchy implementation of the Minsk accord.”
Save for another false flag like MH17 materializing in October or November, NATO’s influence on this issue will be trumped by Europe’s economic health.
This issue will be decided by events which may (or may not, hopefully) transpire in the autumn.