Judy Twigg, a professor of political science at the American University of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in an article for the National Interest magazine came to the conclusion that Russia is winning the sanctions war against the West.
The sanctions imposed by the US and the EU in 2014 were to punish Russia for allegedly “aggressive actions” against Ukraine. However, according to the researcher, the result was the opposite. Restrictions stimulated the growth of the Russian economy and the strengthening of patriotic sentiment. As an example, Twigg cites the agricultural sector, which, thanks to the restrictions imposed, has come out of a state of stagnation.
She recalls that Russian financial organizations have restricted access to international capital markets and low-interest loans, the import of dual-use goods and the latest technology has been banned into the country. However, the counter-sanctions imposed by Moscow, which banned the supply of food products from the United States and the EU to the territory of Russia, became a “gift” for Russian agriculture.
The effect of counter-sanctions turned out to be such that “some representatives of the branches of the Russian economy, only partly related to agriculture, also began to be asked to bring them under sanctions,” writes the professor.
She also recalls that the volume of grain production in Russia already twice exceeds its consumption. Moscow has become the main supplier of wheat to the world market. Local farmers and agricultural holdings already fully provide the local market with chicken and pork produced in Russia.
In conclusion, Twigg recalls that Russia has a vast territory. Moreover, more than 200 million hectares of land is currently not used. She predicts that Russian agriculture will continue to actively develop and give impetus to the development of other sectors of the economy.
Therefore, the professor urges the US and the EU to finally realize that the restrictive measures bring Russia only benefit and in the sanctions war with the West Moscow “is several steps ahead.”
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