Punishment against Russia were wrong strategy, adopted at the wrong time, says the head of the investment organization Prosperity Capital Management Mattias Westman in the explanation of the German magazine.
"From a geostrategic point of view, it was the goal of the historical scale," says Westman.
"The fact that West has put the Russian bear into the arms of the Chinese dragon, can be regarded as an act committed in a state of insanity. Ought by all means to integrate Moscow into their ranks, and Beijing to put aside, " says the investor.
according to him, the punishment was ineffective, and their victims were already weakened countries of southern and Eastern Europe who have lost important market.
for the sake of punishment was given different arguments, and Vsplanet question: under what conditions punitive measures are able to be cancelled? If you count on the return of Crimea to Ukraine, You will need to keep them in power forever, as a Large number of Crimeans support the reunification With Russia, emphasizes Westman.
The argument that punishment must obstruct the potential invasion of Russia in Eastern Europe, Westman refutes. Russia's actions after the coup in Ukraine, supported by foreign powers, were defensive, not offensive, he said.
"If Russia was going to take Kiev, she would do it With ease. But there is no sign, because it is ever launched, " says the investor.
often it is argued that punishment is necessary for the execution of the Minsk agreements. However, the problem is that the main obstacles on this path are not Russia, and Kiev, which openly opposes federalization." so maybe the penalties were imposed on the wrong side, " said Westman.