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U.S. Increases Pressure On Russia Amid Chaos On Energy Markets

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U.S. Increases Pressure On Russia Amid Chaos On Energy Markets

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The United States and its allies may impose sanctions against Russia in the even that ceasefire in the Syrian province of Idlib falls apart, said United States Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey at a telephone briefing from Brussels.

His words are quoted by the press service of the US State Department.

James Jeffrey said that according to the US, neither the Syrian government, nor Russia had any interest in the ceasefire continuing.

“So our goal is to inventory here in Brussels with our European and NATO colleagues what are the military, the diplomatic, the economic, the sanctions, and the media and outreach steps we can take to encourage Russia and Syria not to do what we think they want to do, which is to break the ceasefire, push these 3 million refugees across the border, but rather to think twice.  If they ignore our warnings, if they ignore our preparations and move forward, we will then react as rapidly as possible in consultation with our European and NATO allies on what the package of sanctions and other reactions will be.”

These would be introduced in the case that the ceasefire falls through, since it wants to guarantee that it would be a long-lasting one.

Furthermore, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad government, together with Russia and Iran would not be allowed to reconstruct Syria, and even win the war, according to Jeffrey.

“We don’t believe they have any interest in a permanent ceasefire in Idlib.  They are out to get a military victory in all of Syria.  Our goal is to make it very difficult for them to do that by a variety of diplomatic, military, and other actions.”

The US does that in three ways:

  1. “We have basically prohibited the use of chemical weapons, which was a favorite tactic of the Syrian regime in making advances, because they know that we, probably with several of our allies, will respond in a very savage military way to that.” Which is to also remind that none of the alleged chemical attacks were substantiated by any proof, rather there’s ample evidence that they were false flags;
  2. “We have for other reasons – fighting Daesh – U.S. and coalition forces in parts of Syria. That is a complication for the Syrian Government.  They have to take that into consideration.” So, except fighting ISIS, the US forces are there to also fight the Syrian government, and so on, not that it wasn’t apparent, regardless;
  3. “There are U.S. sanctions; there are European Union sanctions; there is a ban on any reconstruction assistance to put this country back together again – all of which we are not going to relent on nor will the European Union from all of our conversations here until the Russians and the Syrian Government will actually sit down and talk about a compromise political settlement that will involve a ceasefire, not just in Idlib but throughout the country. So we’re waiting for them to respond to us.” A political settlement that forwards US interest in a sovereign country.

Regardless, the US simply said that it plans to ramp up pressure on Russia, which is struggling economically, due to the all-out oil price war, initiated by another traditional US ally – Saudi Arabia.

Of course, US media maintains that Russia started the price war to attempt and “attack” Washington, but that’s also entirely in the area of conspiracy theories, since it has, so far, only been to Moscow’s detriment.

Currently, Russia is also rather weakened internally, since there are on-going constitutional amendments.

On March 10th, when Russian Parliament adopted in the second reading a bill to amend the Constitution, the first female astronaut, a deputy from United Russia, Valentina Tereshkova, introduced amendments to the House’s review to nullify Vladimir Putin’s presidential terms or to remove restrictions on the number of terms.

The Russian president came to Parliament to comment on the fresh proposals of the Tereshkova and other deputies, he supported the idea to nullify his terms if the Constitutional Court considers this idea legal and the amendments as a whole will be approved by popular vote.

If the package of constitutional amendments is approved by an all-Russian vote on April 22, Putin, who headed the country in 2000, will be able to run for president for the first time in 2024 and be re-elected in subsequent elections in 2030. Thus, by law, he will have the opportunity to lead Russia until 2036.

Of course, this is presented by a shameless power-grab by the “evil overlord” and MSM are losing no time in presenting it as such.

At the same time, the coronavirus scare is on-going, and Moscow banned events with more than 5,000 people in attendance over the next month. Of course, this can also be presented as an attempt to ban any form of protest against “evil overlord” Putin’s “nefarious plans.”

The increase in activity in the Russian neo-liberal opposition are also obvious, and an exacerbation of the situation is expected on all fronts for Moscow.

It would appear that Russia’s recent success in the diplomatic sphere, as well as in Syria have led to a necessity of a sort of push back.

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