At what point do we just soft-blockade Russia? If the US, EU, Commonwealth nations, Ukraine, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan cut off all business with Russia, who do they have left? China, Iran, a bunch of ex-Soviet vassal states, and the Third World. Russia's a net food exporter so they wouldn't starve, but they'd certainly be in a world of hurt if 90% of their foreign trade were shut down, and we could do that with just America, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Japan, Ukraine and South Korea.
It wouldn't be easy on our side, but Europe's pushing hard on energy independence, which is the biggest obstacle. Maybe in a year or two it would be feasible.
When you have a russian puppet in charge of the, sorry to my non-us brothers, strongest military in the world, you can do whatever you want.
Why don't we just build a wall around Russia? Then Trump gets his stupid wall and the rest of us don't have to deal with Russia's bullshit.
Will mexico still pay for it?
Nah. You just have to get Russia to pay for it.
Should call the campaign roubles for rubble.
you are incredibly naive ot think there "real" complete cut off. Gas supply aside, all the nations you mention still have booming trade deals with Russian Federation.
Will the sanctions actually be enforced, though? Congress already unanimously approved a sweeping set of sanctions against Russia for their attack on our own country, and Trump refused to enforce them.
Wow, the Act which compelled the administration to do this is fuckin mad. In addition to these sanctions, there is another section which will come into force in 90 days
Unless Russia gives up all chemical weapons and allows visits by UN inspectors within 90 days, the administration is required by law to choose 3 sanctions from this list and impose them on Russia:
MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK ASSISTANCE- The United States Government shall oppose, in accordance with section 701 of the International Financial Institutions Act (22 U.S.C. 262d), the extension of any loan or financial or technical assistance to that country by international financial institutions.
(B) BANK LOANS- The United States Government shall prohibit any United States bank from making any loan or providing any credit to the government of that country, except for loans or credits for the purpose of purchasing food or other agricultural commodities or products.
(C) FURTHER EXPORT RESTRICTIONS- The authorities of section 6 of the Export Administration Act of 1979 shall be used to prohibit exports to that country of all other goods and technology (excluding food and other agricultural commodities and products).
(D) IMPORT RESTRICTIONS- Restrictions shall be imposed on the importation into the United States of articles (which may include petroleum or any petroleum product) that are the growth, product, or manufacture of that country.
(E) DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS- The President shall use his constitutional authorities to downgrade or suspend diplomatic relations between the United States and the government of that country.
(F) LANDING RIGHTS- At the earliest practicable date, the United States Government shall terminate, consistent with international law, the authority of any air carrier which is controlled in fact by the government of that country to engage in air transportation (as defined in section 101(10) of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (49 U.S.C. App. 1301(10))).
Wow. All of this stuff is pretty significant. This is like the nuclear option, diplomatically speaking. Not undeserved, but still. Wonder how hard Trump's going to try to weasel out of it.
I've been wondering how a full embargo with Russia would go.
The ruble is fucking dead
I hope Russia doesn't retaliate by messing with the elections. Also whatever happened to Trump refusing to do sanctions a while ago>
what's dead can't die again - it only tumbled bck to 2016 low wich is not even the most low it will get.
No promises but we might be able to pay for at least part of it.
... that wasn't the russians
Let's face it, they were going to mess with elections regardless of this.
Ohh, it wasn't? Hmm, who else might have poisoned a Russian official who fled with Novichok, a Russian nerve agent?
Why does all the evidence point to it being the Russians then? Could you maybe provide us the evidence you so clearly have that everyone else, including the authorities, hasn't been made privy to?
How much are they paying you?
mysterious user with a bogdanoff photo makes a very ominous post regarding the Salisbury attack.
more news at nine.