“They cut the branch they are sitting on”
In his meeting with socialbites.ca, Senator Dzhabarov said that Western countries are confident that “after the first, maximum second package of sanctions”, “the Russian economy will collapse, everything will be shattered.” But that didn’t happen.
“I would make 25 packs right away, why bother? One meeting could introduce all the packages. I don’t think they know what to think anymore. I’ve read these six packs of sanctions and frankly I can’t think of anything else they could do to make us feel bad. I think it’s from impotence,” said Dzhabarov.
He noted that the dollar is currently not worth 200 rubles and that “all the shelves in the shops are full of goods.” According to the senator, “prices are not increasing and the communal apartment” has remained pretty much the same.
The more these countries try to harm us, the more they harm themselves. Tomorrow will be the first day of summer, but it will pass quickly and autumn will come in three months. During this time, gas and oil storage facilities will need to be filled. But that will not happen, because some countries refused to pay in rubles,” he said.
According to Dzhabarov, claims that “it will replace Russia in the gas market” are illusions. “Neither Qatar, nor Algeria, nor any other country will be able to achieve this in the coming years.”
“While doing this, they saw the branch they were sitting on. The Senator continued his words as follows: “We will see the days when they will extend the first hand of friendship to us and say, “Let us put aside the vendettas and start working together, as we have done in the past years.”
Federation Council President Valentina Matviyenko is also confident that the sanctions against Russia have reached their limits without having the effect that Western countries expected. She expressed this in her speech before the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique.
“Russia continues to develop, it is coping with the pressure placed on it. Sanctions against Russia reached the limit, but did not produce the expected results those who imposed them. “Our well-wishers admitted that they had actually run out of possibilities of waging a sanctions war,” he said.
On Tuesday night, European Council President Charles Michel said He reported on Twitter that the heads of state and government of the EU countries agreed on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, including a partial oil embargo.
According to him, the restrictions will “immediately” affect 75% of Russian oil imports. And by the end of the year, 90% of oil imported from the Russian Federation to Europe will be banned. As the European Council president put it, the new package includes other “hard measures”. Therefore, it was decided to exclude Sberbank from the SWIFT system, to ban the broadcasting of “three more Russian state broadcasters”, and to impose restrictions on persons considered “responsible for war crimes in Ukraine” in the European Union.
It soon became clear that the oil embargo would not affect Hungary, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, which received the right to continue importing Russian fuel. Additionally, the new sanctions apply to oil shipped by sea, but not by pipeline. The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, admitted that the restrictions cannot prevent Russia from selling fuel to third countries.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas before the start of the second day of the EU summit in Brussels announcedHe said it would be practically impossible to include a gas embargo in the seventh package of sanctions against Russia.
“After agreeing on the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia, we should start discussing the seventh package. “But it is unlikely to ban Russia’s gas supply,” he said.
Kallas believes that in the future it will be more difficult to impose new sanctions on the Russian Federation, because these sanctions will seriously affect EU member states, not just Russia.
By contrast, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo called EU countries will “pause” after the sixth round of sanctions goes into effect.
“On the Belgian side, I think the sixth package is a big step forward and I think we should stop now. It is necessary to put this package into practice and look at the results,” he said.
De Croo also believes it will be “even more difficult” for EU member states to decide to reject Russian gas.
And on the eve of the Minister of Economy and Climate, Vice-Chancellor of Germany Robert Habek saidThose who found the embargo on oil, liquefied natural gas and coal from Russia, which the USA implemented in March, ineffective.
“If we talk about the oil ban, we have a little problem there. The US oil embargo increased prices in the world market because of what they were selling to the world market, so [президент России Владимир] Putin gets more money for selling less oil. And this is of course a problem and we need to find a solution, otherwise we will destroy with the right what we have created with the left hand and vice versa. Therefore, the oil embargo has not yet had the effect we hoped for,” he said.
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