The NATO concept is still: “keep the Americans in, the Russians out and the Germans down!”
This principle also prevails in the sanctions against Russia. The USA is consistently acting according to its own advantage:
If one evaluates the sanctions, they are superficially harmful to Russia (“keep the Russians out”).
But they also strengthen the position of the USA in Europe (“keep the Americans in”), who can in this way boost its world energy monopoly (Europe buys expensive US fracked gas instead of cheap Russian energy) and shut down payment transactions between Europe and Russia (“keep the Germans down”).
The US empire is decisively strengthened – at least in Europe – by the Ukraine crisis: the US NATO demands and gets the backing of all European vassals, is revived as an organisation that has actually long been superfluous (Macron: “brain dead”), which means about 200 billion in sales for the American arms industry. And the European satellites have once again complied with the political directives from the USA for “joint punitive measures”, whether voluntarily (Johnson) or under pressure (Scholz), although as a result, e.g., Germany suffers major economic disadvantages itself.
The author has shown in a study that during the last world war, South Africa became an industrialised country because it was largely cut off from its traditional economic relations. Therefore, the more the USA drives Russia and China out of the dollar empire, the stronger their self-sufficiency and own economic strength will become. The sanctions against Russia are therefore likely to become only a short-term and short-sighted success for the USA, but lead to long-term damage for Europe (“raise the rival’s costs”).
The two world wars should have taught us Germans that peace and prosperity will only stay secure in our country if we have no enemies and, above all, if we do not wantonly make enemies. Germany’s central position in Europe demands balance and candour on all sides. If we allow ourselves to be dragged into foreign power struggles for the sake of insecure, corrupt systems (Ukraine) and to be driven to imposing sanctions is in any case not in Germany’s interest, but we will only self-damagingly follow foreign directives (“keep the Russians out and the Germans down”). •
1 CIPS (Cross Border Interbank Payment System)
2 Russia has already established SPFS (System for Transfer of Financial Messages) as an alternative settlement system after the Crimean crisis and is eager to force the world’s banks to be also represented in this competing settlement system. Russia’s exclusion from SWIFT would therefore be a boost for alternative settlement systems and a permanent damage to SWIFT.
“The efforts of the transatlantic powers to isolate Russia as much as possible worldwide are meeting with broad resistance. India refuses the demand to join the sanctions policy, is working on an alternative payment system not dependent on SWIFT and the US dollar, and is planning to expand its oil imports from Russia. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are resisting the demand to greatly expand their oil production to enable a global oil embargo against Russia; British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned home empty-handed yesterday after negotiations on the Arabian Peninsula. Several South American states, including Argentina, Brazil and Chile, are pressuring Russia to at least allow Russian fertiliser exports; otherwise, they say, the global food supply is in danger. The states of Latin America and Africa are staying away from the sanctions policy, as are Turkey, almost all the states of Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and China. The popular statement in the West that Russia is ‘isolated in the world’ is not true.”
https://www.german-foreign-policy.com/news/detail/8874 of 18 March 2022
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