Russia Slams EU On Sanctions
Russia accused the EU of taking an “extremely unconstructive stance” on the Ukrainian political crisis by freezing negotiations with Russia.
“Russia does not accept the language of sanctions and threats, but if they are imposed they will not remain unanswered,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, quoted by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
The leaders of the 28 EU member states who gathered Thursday for an extraordinary meeting in Brussels agreed on a three-step series of sanctions to punish Russia for the military invasion in Crimea.
The leaders agreed that the punishment should start with an immediate suspension of talks on a new comprehensive economic and political pact with Russia, that would replace a 1997 Russia-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and would involve closer economic cooperation, investment, research, trade and energy relations.
The talks on the suspension of the EU visa requirement for Russian citizens, that started in 2007, were also stopped.
"It is hard to shake the impression that opportunistic approaches prevailed over common sense, which dictates the need to, at a minimum, listen to fundamental position of a strategic partner of the EU: Russia," the Russian statement said.
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"It is no agricultural powerhouse and hasn't been since the fall of the Soviet Union. Ukraine agriculture is only 10% of its potential at best."
The Ukraine is the biggest exporter of oil seeds in the world and the third biggest exporter of grain, not much behind the US and the EU. Its production and exports of agricultural products have increased several times the level of that during Soviet times. You have clearly no clue about what you are talking.
Sanctions such as we will not talk to you about trade, we will stop giving your people visas, this is a joke right?
Look EU/IMF hurry up and lend Ukraine the 11 billion so that the Ukraine can pay its 2 billion gas bill to Russia.
The leaders in Kiev are happy to enslave their people to the West and the big beneficiary will be Russia.
The UK doesn't want sanctions against Russia as it will hurt the UK economy, Germany gets a lot of its gas from Russia and could the EU supply themselves and the Uraine with gas if Russia cuts them all off? I doubt it.
Gosho Zheliazkov is a typical decadent fascist who has grown fat and ignorant on the free handouts of the imperialist west and completely forgotten his roots in the socialist revolutionary heartlands of the balkans. It is no surprise that he is a slave of North Korea and wants to destroy democracy so that his far eastern masters can achieve world domination.
Basically everything is wrong. Exactly what shouldn’t have happened is going on.
Europe is shaping up as an anti-business, and anti-investment environment. Trade goes both ways and if Russia is isolated so will be the EU for which Russia happens to be the third largest trading partner. Quite frankly the EU should have some very somber meeting and conversation with the US reminding them that meddling into the affaires of their geopolitical areas and interests is hurting the EU economy.
The US being on the other side of the ocean is almost unaffected by all that mess in Europe but the events in Syria and Ukraine for example are and will be hurting the European economy for decades. The US have managed to grow their economy to the largest one in the world since the Second World War, namely because they have no major threats and geopolitical instability in their area. They will continue to grow and trade with their neighbors and China/Asia. The price of corn and wheat for example is at six months high (due to the collapse of Ukraine) giving the US the opportunity to make significant profits and take over the markets. Make no mistake, after all this mess Ukraine will loose its edge and will never be the agricultural powerhouse it was just few months ago.
Bans on visas and economical sanctions will be hurting everyone. Tourism for example is a multibillion-dollar industry and if the Russians can’t come then the EU hotels, restaurants, airplanes and etc. will stay empty. Economic interdependence in the today’s global markets is significant.
Hostilities and sanctions hurt business and investments and that’s why the issues in Ukraine should’ve been resolved in the smoothest possible and peaceful manner…
Europe will be drowning in the mud for decades to come.