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Sanctioned to Death: Putin Fears West Wants Russia to Collapse

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Putin Allies and Aides Warn West Will Push Russia to Collapse – Russian news agency RIA Novosti revealed how Vladimir Medinsky, the chief negotiator for Russia in peace talks with Ukraine, recently told a meeting of an interdepartmental commission on historical education that Russia faces a big challenge from the West in the wake of economic sanctions against the country.

Speaking on Thursday, Medinsky also reaffirmed the Kremlin’s position on the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine.

“The very existence of Russia, the Russian civilization, is at stake now,” he said. “I see few precedents to this moment in history. Dark times, the event of February 1917, the fall of the USSR in 1989.”

Medinsky’s reference to “February 1917” was a nod to the February Revolution, which saw Russian civilians rise up against the Russian monarchy. Mass demonstrations and armed clashes with the authorities lasted around eight days.

During the meeting, the Russian official warned that the West is “pushing for the collapse of a political system, of the whole country.”

U.S. Announces New Russia Sanctions

As the Russian economy begins to feel the hit of Western sanctions the United States announced a new package of sanctions against Russia on Thursday as U.S. President Joe Biden arrives in Brussels, Belgium, for NATO, G7, and EU talks.

The White House announced that new sanctions would be directed at over 400 Russian entities and individuals, including more than 40 defense companies and the Duma – Russia’s lower house of the Federal Assembly – and its entire 300 members.

What Sanctions Have Been Levied Against Russia So Far?

Sanctions imposed on Russia began before Russian President Vladimir Putin officially announced his invasion of Ukraine. On February 21, U.S. President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order announcing the first round of sanctions against Russia, banning some transactions involving the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine. The sanctions were implemented after Putin signed a decree recognizing the regions’ independence from Ukraine.

A day later, the White House implemented sanctions against two Russian banks, Russian oligarchs and their families, and Russia’s sovereign debt.

On the day that the invasion began, February 24, export controls were implemented, including restrictions on the export of virtually all American items. Export controls were also placed on technology, software, and equipment that were created using American technology or intellectual property.

On the same day, after the invasion began, the White House targeted ten additional Russian banks and banned Russian state-owned organizations and private entities from raising capital from the United States.

Later, sanctions were directed against the export of luxury goods to Russia, the import of Russian goods to the United States, and sanctions on the sale of all Russian oil, natural gas, and coal to the United States.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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7 Comments

  1. Illurion

    March 25, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    The WEST has no interest in invading Russia, or having a war with Russia.

    Putin has been mislead into starting this war.

    But, in the end, IT IS NOT THE WEST THAT PUTIN SHOULD FEAR.

    THIS WAR HAS GREATLY WEAKENED RUSSIA.

    THAT WEAKNESS MAKES RUSSIA VULNERABLE.

    But it is NOT the West that will take advantage of Russia’s new weakness.

    IT IS THE CHINESE THAT WILL TAKE ACTION AGAINST RUSSIA.

    The Chinese have a million troops regularly stationed near the Russian / Chinese border region.

    It is the CHINESE that could very easily invade Russia.

    Not the West.

    Putin is a fool.

  2. A penny tossed to the wind

    March 25, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Some excellent points said by President (sic) Vladimir Putin. Unfortunately, Vladimir Putin said them. Tends to invalidate the points.

    This being a war of lessons, let’s look at the critical points, which can stand on their own.

    “The West wants to destroy our culture.”

    Again, to see the point clearly, it needs to be seen on its own, not affected by who said it or what was done about it.

    I fully understand the point. And it’s valid. From the perspective of looking out from Russia, that’s exactly how it looks.

    Which country’s leadership has been most loud (to be polite) in pressing its view, such that Russians feel that way?

    USA. So let’s ask US Leadership a question: Do you want to destroy Russian culture?

    Wouldn’t hurt to clarify that.

    Oh so it’s a bit more complicated? There’s political culture, sporting culture, artistic culture, brainwashed lifestyle culture, the culture of the commonfolk going about their daily lives like the rest of us.

    I still reckon an intelligent US Leadership (which includes the unelected backroom and in that is some pretty serious zealotry) can, being intelligent and articulate, clarify what culture you want to destroy.

    That’d work, wouldn’t it? Say: No, Putin, we want only to destroy a certain type of culture.

    Good. We’re at peace then? Putin’s happy? We’ve learned our lesson?

    Nope. So let’s try it again. “We respect the wonderful Russian culture of goodwill as citizens of the world.”

    Something like that. No harm in it. Can’t be done?

    It did. Here’s one Western leader saying

    “I don’t think there’s one single person round the table in Nato or the G7 who is against Russians or the Russian people.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/mar/24/russia-chemical-weapons-g7-nato-boris-johnson-volodymyr-zelenskiy-tanks-jets

    (It’s in the video)

    Same sort of thing. Same message, same respect. That’s a message by Boris Johnson about the culture of the Russian people. Why did it take so long for a Western leader to make such a statement? Decades, isn’t it?

    And why can’t the USA leadership? Ever?

    Truly, please help with this. Has a US President in living memory ever said anything respectful about Russian people?

    What lessons will US leadership learn, having been a participant (and current participant) that brought the world to the doors of World War II ?

    What Boris Johnson did in that brief remark is two things: Firstly, he separated Russian Leadership from Russian people; Secondly, he showed genuine care and concern for Russian people.

    Those two simple things – in an environment without conflict or threat – work wonders. They are far, far more powerful than anything US leadership has said in decades – in living memory.

    You can focus on ‘Vladimir Putin’ and dismiss the message he sent because he is the messenger, or you can the bloody lesson and keep us right away from World War III.

    US leadership – learn, please.

  3. A penny tossed to the wind

    March 25, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    [Sincerely sorry folks, typo again. A sentence above should read “… brought the world to the doors of World War III ?”]

  4. A penny tossed to the wind

    March 25, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    [And the second last sentence should say “.. or you can learn the bloody lesson..” But that one is worth saying twice.]

    Across the road is a neighbour: a husband and wife and kids. I absolutely detest how the husband is treating the wife and kids. I know a much better way to treat them. I detest his whole attitude – I know a much better atttude and embody it – No, I’m the street leader! So I keep going over there across the road, banging on the door, interrupting them, to threaten them that I will remove the husband and give the family another husband that suits me.

    Why did I say that? Because I want to be a US President. That’s the attitude that would, on the international stage, in dealing with non-democratic countries, make me look like a US President as we’ve for too long now come to know them.

    How do you reckon it’s going?

  5. Alex

    March 26, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    It should be understood that Europe will follow the orders of the United States until everything becomes too bad for Europe. And it’s very, very bad. After Russia announced and payments for gas in rubles, a split is observed in Europe. Russia is just laughing at the sanctions.

  6. A penny tossed to the wind

    March 26, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    I note US leadership has today spoken kindly for the Russian people, in a sense. It took the reality of World War III to do it. And it was given under extreme conflict conditions, both militarily, economically, and humanitarily – this strips the power from the statement. But it was good to hear.

    By the looks of it, it will take generational change in Western leadership to open their eyes, realize the entire premise for their foreign policy has not only failed but endangered citizens the world over, and rethink and rebuild their policies from the ground up.

    The premise is Democracy vs Autocracy.

    That premise of conflict has to be removed. It is a conflict that is unwinnable by conflict, for either. So not only is it impossible and futile, it is stupid.

  7. Alex

    March 27, 2022 at 11:33 am

    If we compare how many people died from the “autocracy” of Russia, and how many people died from the “democracy” of the United States and Britain, then of course, in terms of the number of deaths, the undisputed leaders are the “democrats”. Millions of deaths are on their hands.
    Nazi support for Ukraine is reminiscent of Germany’s support in the 1930s. A new round of history, a new loop. You can escape from it only by the complete destruction of the bloody “democracy”.

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