Wednesday, September 02, 2015

More Lawless US Sanctions on Russia

More Lawless US Sanctions on Russia

by Stephen Lendman

Nations unilaterally or collectively may not impose sanctions on other countries, individuals, businesses or organizations. International law permits only Security Council members to impose them.

America’s odious history reflects abuse of power on an unprecedented scale. Illegally imposing sanctions is one of its many crimes - again against Russia for the fourth time since March 2014, for fabricated reasons relating to Ukraine, not legitimate ones.

Design Bureau, Rosoboronexport, Russian Aircraft Corporation and other companies were targeted. Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded sharply to Washington’s latest salvo, saying:

“The expansion of sanctions list announced by Washington on September 2 which includes Russian companies and organizations, as well as several legal entities with Russian participation outside of our country, is not just another demonstration of US administration’s inability to appropriately assess the situation in Ukraine.” 

“This is a reflection of a mindset rooted in the US ruling circles set on conscious and consistent destruction of basis for normalizing Russian-American relations.”

Obama’s war on Donbass letting Kiev junta proxy forces do its fighting and dying “is used by the US administration as a pretext for imposing on us the unacceptable ‘behavior model.’ “

“This time, in addition to incessant attempts to ‘link’ sanctions against Russian individuals and legal entities to the tragic developments in Ukraine, it was announced that illegal restrictions will be used against us in the framework of American legislation on Iran, Syria and North Korea.”

Washington rejects “easing tensions in ‘hot spots,’ but rather by irritation toward Russia’s independent position on the international arena and desire to ‘punish’ us for consistent defense of national interests, for free choice of residents of Crimea and Sevastopol, and thus to inflict damage on the Russian economy.”

New sanctions after three previous rounds reflects “another element in a whole series of hostile actions made by the US toward Russia lately in different spheres, including military, economic and visa aspects.”

“Washington’s unacceptable rhetoric is overboard. Such a reckless course arouses growing concern even among US allies. It can result in serious costs for international stability and will undoubtedly hit back at American interests.”

“Washington’s actions devalue its own signals about being interested in cooperation with us on several pressing international problems.”

“Futile attempts to exert sanctions pressure on us, as it seems, have not taught Washington strategists anything.”

“The United States should not harbor illusions about the possibility to continue this line without negative consequences for themselves. Reciprocal measures from us will definitely follow, and they will not necessarily be ‘mirrored.’ “

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security said sanctioned Russian companies added to its Entity List act “contrary to the national security of foreign policy interests of the United States” - code language for opposing its hegemonic agenda.

Moscow should harbor no illusion about partnership with America. Lunatics in Washington want regime change - by color revolution or war. 

They’re hellbent for letting nothing stop their maniacal drive for global dominance. Eliminating key rivals Russia and China is Washington’s top goal - even at the risk of unthinkable nuclear war.

In his latest article, Paul Craig Roberts said “(o)nce a country descends into evil, it doesn’t emerge.” America is the real evil empire, an unparalleled one in human history. Its arrogance and hubris may destroy us all.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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