For the first time since Reagan, the President of the United States recognized Russia as a “great power”. Rostislav Ishchenko, director of the Center for Systems Analysis and Forecasting, analyzed the appeal of US President Joe Biden to the Americans on the air of Vesti FM radio station.
The political scientist called these sanctions predictable and assured that the new sanctions were more likely to be imposed on the European allies of the United States. Their influence on Russian companies is minimal and Russia has known about them for a long time. So, the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 have a much stronger impact on the Russian economy than all American sanctions in 7 years.
Rostislav Ishchenko noted that Biden himself said in his speech that he had notified President Putin in advance that he would have to impose sanctions. According to the political expert, the need to impose sanctions is caused by the decision of the US Congress and the influence of the American ruling elites.
The introduction of this package of sanctions was not caused by any real necessity, but simply because “the United States can no longer stop.”
“The sanctions policy is applied not only to Russia. It is the foundation of US foreign policy. They simply cannot acknowledge their own helplessness: neither from the point of view of external, nor from the point of view of domestic policy, ”Ishchenko said.
Ishchenko noted that a serious attempt to harm Russia was made by Barack Obama in 2014 and it failed. Then the American president said that “the United States will tear the Russian economy to shreds.”
The political scientist drew attention to the fact that Biden actually recognized Russia and the United States as responsible countries for the whole world. And if these two countries are responsible for the world together, then now it is necessary to determine who is responsible for which part of this world specifically.
“Two great powers with significant responsibility for global stability. And President Putin and I have had a significant responsibility to steward that relationship. I take that responsibility very seriously, as I’m sure he does” – said Biden.
The political scientist noted that Russia has already notified that the United States will receive a series of retaliatory measures from Russia. He suggested that Putin also warned Biden about this in advance and that the reaction to such actions would be calm.
They do not give up their attempts to “crush Russia” simply because they simply cannot live any other way. They themselves now need a “peaceful respite” in order to reformat, change the geopolitical format in their favor during this time and then take up the old.