Expert: New EU Sanctions Against Russia to Be Purely ‘Symbolic’

The new sanctions that the European Union may impose on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis are expected to be purely "symbolic," the acting director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

The new sanctions that the European Union may impose on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis are expected to be purely “symbolic,” the acting director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

 

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – The new sanctions that the European Union may impose on Russia amid the Ukraine crisis are expected to be purely “symbolic,” the acting director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences said Thursday.

“Even if the new sanctions are introduced, it looks like these will be vain and more symbolic than substantive decisions,” Aleksei Gromyko said during a video-linkup organized by the International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya.

“One can only hope that common sense prevails and the EU countries understand that the time for sanctions has passed and all countries should [concentrate on] rescuing one of the largest countries in Europe, Ukraine,” he said.

Ukraine is currently facing “a catastrophic scenario” this winter and may not survive by the end of the year,” Gromyko said. “Only joint efforts can save the country,” he added.

Earlier this month, the European Union agreed on expanding the so-called sectoral sanctions against Russia. The imposition of the new sanctions has been postponed pending an assessment of the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the peace plan in Ukraine.

The Committee of the Permanent Representatives (Coreper) failed to agree on the imposition of new sanctions on Wednesday. The discussion is expected to resume on Thursday.

The European Union and the United States have already imposed several rounds of economic sanctions over Moscow’s alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict. The Russian side reacted by introducing a year-long ban on certain food imports from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway.

At the EU Summit held in Brussels on August 30, European leaders urged the European Commission to create proposals for more sanctions against Russia within a week. However, the EU member states remained divided and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico called on Brussels to put off imposing new sanctions against Russia.

 

 

 

Russia’s New Package of Retaliatory Measures to Western Sanctions Ready: Kremlin

Moscow has already imposed a year-long ban on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as milk products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway as a response to Western sanctions.

Moscow has already imposed a year-long ban on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as milk products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway as a response to Western sanctions.

Topic: Russia Responds to Western Sanctions

 

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow has prepared a new package of retaliatory measures to Western sanctions, that include restrictions on imports of cars and textile products, but hopes that common sense will prevail, a senior Kremlin official told RIA Novosti Thursday.

“There is a whole range of non-agricultural products that make our, first of all European, partners dependent on us,” he said. “For example, imports of cars, primarily second-hand cars, as well as certain types of textile products that we are quite capable of producing on our own. Not all of them, but certain kinds,” presidential aide Andrei Belousov told RIA Novosti on the sidelines of the Samara economic forum.

“The Russian ministry of economic development has already prepared a list of these goods, but I hope that common sense will prevail and we will not have to introduce these restrictive measures,” he said.

Moscow has already imposed a year-long ban on the import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as milk products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway as a response to Western sanctions.

The European Union and the United States have implemented several rounds of economic sanctions over Moscow’s alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict.

On Monday, the European Union officially adopted a new round of sanctions against Russia, but the measures did not come into force yet.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement in the Ukrainian conflict and said that sanctions “threaten international peace and stability” and run counter to the principles of international law.

 

EU Moves Against Peace Process in Ukraine with New Russian Sanctions: Moscow

Relations between Russia and the EU have deteriorated with the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, as western governments imposed economic sanctions on Russia, accusing Moscow of aiding independence supporters in eastern regions of the country.

Relations between Russia and the EU have deteriorated with the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, as western governments imposed economic sanctions on Russia, accusing Moscow of aiding independence supporters in eastern regions of the country.

 

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – The European Union has chosen against peace process in Ukraine by approving new sanctions against Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

“By making this step, the European Union has practically made its choice against the peaceful settlement of the internal crisis in Ukraine whose support is expected from all responsible forces in Europe,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Brussels and leaders of EU member-countries must explain clearly to EU citizens why they are putting them at risk of confrontation, economic stagnation and job losses,” the statement said.

On Thursday, the European Council officially unveiled additional sanctions against Russia adopted by the 28-member European Union earlier this week.

According to an EC statement, the strengthened sanctions will affect Russia’s energy, finance and defense sectors, as well as 24 individuals allegedly “involved in actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” including several Russian decision-makers and oligarchs.

Earlier today, Russia’s Ambassador to EU Vladimir Chizhov said that by imposing new restrictive measures on Russia the European Union ignores the de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine and forces Russia to take certain counter-measures

The European Union and the United States have implemented several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia over Moscow’s alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict.

The total number of individuals subject to Western sanctions now stands at 119.

Russia responded to Western sanctions by imposing a one-year ban on the import of certain food products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway in August.

German news site Spiegel Online interviews Ukrainian fascist Yarosh

Dmytro Jarosh, leader of the Right Sector

Dmytro Jarosh, leader of the Right Sector

 

By Peter Schwarz
25 April 2014

WSWS

On April 22, Spiegel Online published an interview with Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Ukrainian fascist paramilitary organisation Right Sector. This interview confirms that the fascists not only played a decisive role in the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych on 22 February, but also play a significant role in the current transitional government headed by Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Yarosh explained that the armed wing of his organisation had not been disbanded, but legalised. “Our battalions are part of the new territorial defence. We have close contact with the intelligence services, and the general staff. We actually have good relations with everyone, apart from the police,” he told Spiegel Online.

Yarosh is closely connected to Andriy Parubiy, who commanded the self-defence forces during the protests on Independence Square (the Maidan). Parubiy was the co-founder of the fascist Ukrainian Social National Party, the predecessor of Svoboda. He is now a leading member of the Fatherland Party of Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, and heads Ukraine’s security and defence council. Yarosh was originally supposed to have been his deputy, but rejected the offer in order to maintain his freedom to manoeuvre against the government.

In the interview, he made clear that Right Sector does not accept the authority of the current government, nor would it accept a future elected government. “Our revolution will only be completed when we have totally renewed the state,” he stated.

His goals are clearly of a fascist character. His choice of words was similar to those of the Nazis, whose terror regime he described as a “government of national revolution.”

Asked by Spiegel Online about his motives, Yarosh answered, “I am a Ukrainian nationalist. My goal is a strong state.” He described liberalism as “a form of totalitarianism.” On the EU, he criticised its alleged “anti-Christian orientation.”

“We oppose the destruction of the traditional family, and are against same-sex marriage.” By contrast he supported the EU’s social and economic policies, calling for tax cuts to support the middle classes and foreign investment.

In his militarist work “Nation and Revolution,” Yarosh expressed himself even more explicitly, as Spiegel Online pointed out. In it, he openly opposes parliamentary democracy and advocated an ethnically-based nationalism. He intends to spread “the nationalist ideology throughout the entire territory of our state,” “de-russify” eastern Ukraine, and ensure that the native people have the leading role in the state.

Yarosh no longer appears in a military uniform. He is a candidate for the upcoming presidential election and now wears a suit and tie. In his interview with Spiegel Online, he sought to downplay his anti-Semitic beliefs, which could prove embarrassing for the Western supporters of the new regime in Kiev.

The interview with Yarosh—and the fact that he was provided a political platform by Spiegel Online—shows the thoroughly reactionary nature of the forces Western powers relied upon to force regime change in Kiev and provoke a confrontation with Russia. In February, the armed provocateurs of Right Sector played a key role in escalating the conflict with security forces, leading to the loss of hundreds of lives and the overthrow of the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych.

Meanwhile, there are reports indicating that western cooperation with Right Sector goes back some time. According to a report in the Polish weekly Nie (“No”), published by 80-year-old journalist Jerzy Urban, the Polish Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorski invited 86 members of Right Sector to an intensive, four-week training course at the Police Training Centre Legionowo near Warsaw last September.

The fascists were trained in crowd management, person recognition, combat tactics, command skills, behaviour in crisis situations, protection against gases used by police, erecting barricades, and especially shooting, including the handling of sniper rifles. The training was officially described as “student exchange.”

The visit took place a full two months before the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an Association Agreement with the EU on 21 November—the event that triggered the Maidan protests. If the report in Nie is true, it shows that the events leading up to the regime change in Kiev were a carefully planned provocation.

The Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski has close links to ruling circles of the USA. He is married to the right-wing American journalist Anne Applebaum and was director of the Atlantic Initiative at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, starting in 2002.

On February 21, Sikorski together with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, negotiated the agreement between President Yanukovych and the Ukrainian opposition, which was then sabotaged within the space of a few hours by the Right Sector and other armed groups. If Sikorski maintained close links to the Right Sector then he must have known of or possibly planned the provocation with the fascists.

Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall’ Tour Documentary Premieres in Toronto

ROGER WATERS - THE WALL

ROGER WATERS – THE WALL

Special Presentations | United Kingdom | Roger Waters, Sean Evans | 133 minutes
Sun, Sept 14 at 8:30pm –  Scotiabank Theatre
Festival Box Office NOW OPEN Sept4-14 7am-7pm
Pink Floyd bassist and vocalist Roger Waters has premiered his tour documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Toronto Film Festival.The documentary was shot by Waters himself alongside director Sean Evans and shows footage from between 2010 and 2013, when the singer was touring Pink Floyd’s seminal 1980 double album across the world.

A synopsis by Toronto International Film Festival director Piers Handler says the following about the documentary: “Ever since The Wall was released, it has become one of the classic rock albums of all time. Its popularity continues and its message is still timely. Deeply affected by his father’s and grandfather’s deaths in the two world wars, Roger Waters has crafted a plea to tear down the walls that lead to misunderstandings and wars. This powerful performance film allows Roger to explore what The Wall still means to him as he performs it in front of tens of thousands of fans, and visits more personal places that resonate with meaning on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.”

The film itself runs for 133 minutes and will be shown twice more in Toronto, however a worldwide release date is yet to be confirmed. The ‘sound’ credit on the film, meanwhile, is attributed to regular Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich.As the Toronto Sun reports, Waters also took part in a Q&A session after the screening, commenting on various aspects of ‘The Wall’s continued endurance. Addressing this issue, Waters stated, “I think people are sick and tired of being told that the most important thing in their life is commerce and the new this and the new that. I think people are probably ready to go now, ‘Well, all of that rhetoric lead us to lob bombs over the top of the wall, that divides society ecologically, economically, philosophically and politically, from all our fellow human beings. And we no longer want to be told by our political leaders that they are scum and that we are great. ‘So that I believe that it may be we’re no longer interested in the ‘us and them’ form of political philosophy that we’ve been fed on for the last couple of 1,000 years and that we may be ready to move into a new place.”Roger Waters also celebrated his 71st birthday at the event.