Review journalist of the German newspaper Die Zeit Theo Sommer, Western countries at risk to behave trade war against Russia.
"The economic war leads to problems not only in Russia, and it has fatal consequences for us. Or we wish, as reported in the English proverb, to cut off your own nose to spite the face?", - Sommer cites RIA " Novosti ". Review journalist, in terms of economic sanctions, the desires of the members of the EU differ substantially, and pressure from the U.S. almost forced the Europeans to go on increasing the penalties. Arguing about what policies are being adhered to the West, Sommer refers to the work of Immanuel Kant's " Perpetual peace ". In it, the journalist writes, philosopher talked about the power of the army, the power of unions and the power of money and noted that the last paragraph has the ability to be the most reliable method of warfare. In this spirit that now operates the West against a number of States, among them against Russia: instead of military divisions - billions, instead of the classic measures of coercion - economic punishment, instead of military alliances and trade agreement, says Sommer. However, from his point of view, such a policy is not "absolutely reliable" method of warfare. Review of the journalist, the imposition of sanctions against Russia, it says: the effect of them has been very limited, although it was strengthened by the weakening of the ruble and a decrease in world prices for oil products. Support for Vladimir Putin after the imposition of penalties only increased, in addition, the citizens of Russia in their own troubles blame the West. In addition, the position of Russia on the Ukrainian question has not changed, says Sommer. Remember, first Wednesday of the carriers of Lithuania announced a loss of 220 million euros because of the sanctions against Russia. 20 March, the leader of the French party, the front national, marine Le Pen said that the European Union has faced serious economic difficulties after the introduction of the punishment relative to the capital of Russia. February 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that punishment and counter-sanctions hurt Russia and partner countries. According to Putin, the collapse of economic relations of the EU with Russia will lead to the loss of European competitiveness. In September, the EU and the US, the middle East and in Minsk agreements between Kiev and the militia of Donbass about ceasefire imposed against Russia penalties against the financial, oil and defense industries. 7 August, Russia has restricted the import of certain items from States that have imposed sentences about the capital of Russia: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway. In the corresponding list includes beef, pork, poultry, fish, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, nuts and other products.