US Expected To Unleash Mass Protests In Russia With Punitive Sanctions

Nikolay Patrushev

Nikolay Patrushev  © Ilya Pitalev/TASS

MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. When imposing sanctions on Russia, the United States hoped they will affect the life quality of Russians, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said Wednesday.

“It is evident that the White House hoped for a sharp deterioration of the Russians’ quality of life and mass protests,” Patrushev said.

“[But] Russia has accumulated a sufficient reserve of economic, financial and – the main thing – political strength, it has solidarity and support on the part of foreign partners, including in the framework of most multilateral formats,” he said.

Commenting on the results of his working trips to Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, Patrushev said “attempts to influence our states from outside do not stop.” He said the US itself calls such attempts “efforts to improve the democratic situation.”

“China and many other countries… use the term ‘color revolutions’,” the official said, adding that Washington’s methods have not changed over the past few decades.

“They have been tested on the post-Soviet space, in Middle East and North African countries and other regions of the world,” Patrushev said.

He said that “practically, financing of opposition forces continues under the pretext of human rights protection and the necessity to form civil society institutions.”

“Simultaneously, unilateral economic sanctions are imposed. This is well seen from the example of the anti-Russian campaign launched by the United States under the pretext of the situation in Ukraine,” he said.

Russian officials and companies came under the first batch of Western sanctions, including visa bans and asset freezes, after Russia incorporated Crimea in mid-March 2014 after the February 2014 coup in Ukraine.

Despite Moscow’s repeated statements that the Crimean referendum on secession from Ukraine was in line with the international law and the UN Charter and in conformity with the precedent set by Kosovo’s secession from Serbia in 2008, the West and Kiev have refused to recognize the legality of Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

The West announced new, sectoral, restrictions against Russia in late July 2014, in particular, for what the West claimed was Moscow’s alleged involvement in protests in Ukraine’s southeast.

In response, Russia imposed on August 6, 2014 a one-year ban on imports of beef, pork, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from Australia, Canada, the European Union, the United States and Norway.

New large-scale punitive measures against Russia followed in September and December 2014.

Russia has constantly dismissed accusations of “annexing” Crimea, because Crimea reunified with Russia voluntarily after a referendum, as well as allegations that Moscow could in any way be involved in hostilities in the southeast of Ukraine.

Russia Launches Large-Scale Military Exercises Including Abkhazia, Crimea and S. Ossetia

mobile Topol-M missile launching units drive in formation during the Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square May 9, 2014Mobile Topol-M missile launching units drive in formation during the Victory Day parade in Moscow’s Red Square May 9, 2014

Russia Launches Large-Scale Military Exercises in Disputed Territories


MOSCOW — Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that large-scale military exercises had started in southern Russia and in disputed territories on the country’s borders.

The exercises involve over 2,000 anti-aircraft troops and 500 items of weaponry and will last until April 10, Interfax news agency reported.

The Defense Ministry said the exercises were taking place in Russia’s Southern and North Caucasus Federal Districts, as well as on Russian military bases in Armenia, the Georgian separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and Ukraine’s Crimea region, which Moscow annexed last year.

They are likely to be viewed in the West as a show of force as relations between Russia and the West are at their most strained since the Cold War because of the Ukraine crisis.

Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of directing a separatist assault in eastern Ukraine with its own troops and weapons. Russia has repeatedly denied those accusations.

At a news conference in Moscow unrelated to the exercises, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov said NATO activities on Russia’s borders far exceeded anything the Russian military was undertaking.

“NATO states are using the situation in the south-east of Ukraine as an excuse to … move forward, closer to Russia’s borders,” Interfax quoted Antonov as saying.

On Wednesday, a NATO flotilla arrived in the Black Sea to train with ships from the Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish navies, the defense alliance said.

Netanyahu wants war

 Netanyahu wants war

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Is Netanyahu trying to force a U.S.-led war with Iran?


The grand spectacle of a foreign leader’s address to Congress by the invitation of political opponents is disturbing to say the least. But Benjamin Netanyahu’s message was even more disturbing. The Israeli prime minister told the American people Tuesday that their president, along with the leaders of the United Kingdom, France and Germany, are undermining U.S. national security. Mr. Netanyahu’s claim: The U.S. negotiating position paves the way to a nuclear-armed Iran. This unprecedented attempt to humiliate the president was made possible by conservative members of Congress and a right wing GOP operative, Ron Dermer, who renounced his American citizenship in 2005 to take a job in the Israeli embassy in Washington and is today the Israeli ambassador to the U.S.
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Mr. Netanyahu wants the U.S. to forgo negotiations in favor of sanctions while Iran continues to build the infrastructure for nuclear weapons. The logical consequence of this chain of events would be war because Iran would continue to develop its nuclear program unless negotiations prohibit it. Presumably, then, Mr. Netanyahu wants the next step to be a U.S.-led war in Iran.

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Mr. Netanyahu cries wolf too frequently to be taken seriously — except by the Republicans for their political purposes. Mr. Netanyahu has made numerous exaggerated predictions to create doomsday scenarios in a call to action for the West. In each case these predictions have been untrue, and only added to the arrogant, messianic and outlandish reputation that diminishes the real threats to his tiny Jewish state. In 2002, while urging the U.S. to invade Iraq, Mr. Netanyahu guaranteed that such a war would “have enormous positive reverberations on the region.” And, after the recent horrific murder of Charlie Hebdo’s 12 journalists, Netanyahu claimed he went to Paris to speak as “a representative of the entire Jewish people” and that he would do the same before Congress. Many Jews and non-Jews disputed that claim vehemently.

Actions have been taken by both the U.S. and Israel to stall Iran’s progress on the nuclear front.

It was four years ago that Israel, with the help of the Obama administration, produced a Stuxnet worm that destroyed a fifth of Iranian nuclear centrifuges. And a book released in 2012 claims that Israeli agents assassinated a half dozen nuclear scientists on the streets of Tehran. If such an operation were reversed, the U.S. and Israel might have launched a war with Iran in retaliation.

Israel has overwhelming military superiority. It has on its side a global superpower supplying it with financial as well as military aid worth billions of dollars every year. Furthermore, a simple comparison of the number of aircraft, tanks, personnel and budget size, shows that Israel has a large advantage over Iran. Moreover, Israel has several hundred nuclear warheads, and Iran has none. (Israel denies having nuclear weapons; the charade goes on.) The hypocrisy is obvious to Iranians, Arabs and Muslims alike, but it is rarely portrayed accurately in American media, so Americans tend to be baffled by the response from that part of the world.

With talks about Iran, Mr. Netanyahu has managed to divert attention from the two-state solution and the continuance of the misery of Palestinians while he expands the building of settlements. There are over 600,000 settlers on the West Bank. The two-state solution is dead; Mr. Netanyahu will claim the Palestinians did not want it.

While the U.S. needs to build more partnerships with the people of the Middle East, Mr. Netanyahu’s policies continue to destroy any attempts to build bridges with those who would be our allies in the current struggle with murderous groups like ISIL. Mr. Netanyahu’s treatment of the Palestinians violates international law and the human rights of the Palestinians. And now Mr. Netanyahu wants us to have another war against another Muslim country. The Congress should not look far as to why ISIL recruitments are on the rise — all members have to do is look at their guest speaker.

Adil E. Shamoo is an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, a senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and the author of “Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace.” He can be reached at and blogs at: