July 29th, 2014
11:08 PM ET

What do new sanctions mean for Russia?

The United States and the European Union agreed to a new round of sanctions aimed at weakening the Russian economy. Is this enough to persuade Vladimir Putin to change his ways? Michelle Kosinski takes a closer look.

Filed under: Michelle Kosinski • Russia • Sanctions • Vladimir Putin
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  1. norris1matt1

    The problem with our relationship with Russia is this:

    As CNN reported in a video about the first meeting between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, there is an element of truth in the statement that the United States of America is largely to blame for the state of the relationship with The Soviet Union (or Russian Federation) since 1945. The Truman Doctrine, which is the foundation for all U.S. policy involving The Soviet Union since the first atomic bomb test by the Soviets, established policies that were driven largely by paranoia.

    That paranoia was made possible almost entirely because of the actions of Stalin against Russians, in conjunction with the presence of nuclear weapons.

    The problem is that after Stalin was gone, his successor immediately denounced Stalin. The problem is that the U.S. government apparently didn't get the memo, and repeated attempts by Nikita Krushchev to better relations with U.S. were met with poor responses from the U.S. government.

    That started to change in the last year that John F. Kennedy was in office. Once Kennedy was gone, so was any hope of change, and what followed was three more decades (for a total of almost 50 years) of paranoia and poor decisions.

    The official revised version of the entire Cold War as told by official documents from the U.S., after they were declassified, shows serious problems (and arguably crimes) in the U.S. interaction with the rest of the world after the conclusion of World War II.

    It is not common knowledge, for example, that the U.S. appears to have instigated the Cuban Missile Crisis by deploying medium range nuclear missiles in the Nation of Turkey. Krushchev knew of their presence when he placed missiles in Cuba, John F. Kennedy's initial communications with Krushchev during the crisis were made on the assumption that Krushchev knew nothing of the missile in Turkey, and when you now look at a map of U.S. activities in the world from 1945 to 1991, it is very obvious that those activities were all in close proximity to the Soviet Union on all sides of the Soviet Union.

    I think Putin is more upset at the fact that nobody in the U.S. appears to acknowledge what is now on record as fact regarding poor U.S. policy towards Russia in the past, and the consequences of those policies for Russians and other citizens of the world.

    For example, attempts at "price fixing" the value of the U.S. dollar in international trade have their initial beginnings now declassified at the Presidential Library of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    Nobody talks about this stuff anymore, but Vladimir Putin is tasked with trying to repair an economy that for upwards of 50 years was the subject of outside manipulation by the U.S. for reasons that involve fear generated by the "domino theory" that was no longer a possible outcome as soon as nuclear weapons were present in large numbers.

    August 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm |

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