Leonid Slutsky: “The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, who announced the effectiveness of anti-Russian sanctions, should stop engaging in self-hypnosis. No measures by the West affect our foreign policy and will not. The sanctions policy does not achieve its goal, which means it is ineffective. Do not entertain yourself with illusions.
The degradation of relations with Russia and the escape from the control of the Russophobic minority – this is what Brussels has actually achieved. It got to the point that the recent initiative of the EU-locomotive countries France and Germany to organize a Russia-EU summit was blocked by the Poles and the Balts, who were so afraid of losing the opportunity to receive subsidies for anti-Russian speculations.
And there is also an important factor: countermeasures. At the end of 2020, a study by the Dusseldorf Chamber of Commerce was published, according to which Europe loses 21 billion euros annually due to sanctions against Russia. The losses of Germany alone amount to 5.45 billion euros. As the President of Russia announced in 2019 during a direct line, the European Union has received less than $ 240 billion since 2014 due to the “sanctions war”. According to the German IFO Institute, more than 800 German companies have suffered from EU sanctions against the Russian Federation. But in fact, if the economic sanctions were lifted, the trade turnover between Russia and the EU could reach $ 550 billion, as the Foreign Ministry spoke about. The sum of $ 240 billion announced by the head of state is precisely the direct losses of Brussels, while indirect calculations cannot be calculated.
Interestingly, it is about this “effect” that Borrell speaks? Indeed, an “impressive” result. How much more is the European Union ready to lose by following the course imposed from across the ocean? “