Penalties introduced a year earlier, the United States and member States of the EU against Russia in connection with the conflict in Ukraine, did not bring the expected effect - neither political nor economic, summarized surveyed analysts from different countries.
German political scientist, senior research worker of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic cooperation in Kiev Andreas Umland believes that the whole reason of incompleteness and insufficiency of the measures. In the first stage, when the EU, the USA and Canada at the same time closed the entry to the group of Russian and Ukrainian Residents and froze their foreign accounts, penalties gave the opposite Effect.
"Because of the incompleteness of punishments West failed, nothing to achieve, and on the Contrary, Russia has received a signal that the reaction to its expansion will be moderate. Thus punishment small way contributed to the foreign policy adventurism capital of Russia ", - believes Umland.
The effect of the second phase of the punishment, except when personal were introduced and certain sectoral limits, have been, in the opinion of the German political scientist, mixed. Russia has not changed its policy, however, believes Umland, " there are indications that part of the elite in Russia unhappy with this situation and would like to seek the removal of punishment ".
Director of the Polish-Canadian program of support of democracy in Ukraine Adam Sauer from Warsaw sure that the Effect of the punishment does not meet the expectations of the West. Punishment is not justified as a "political tool" moreover, after their introduction began with weapons of clashes in the capital.
"Their economic Effect is also questionable, in any case, they are not the main cause of the growing recession in the Russian Federation," said Sauer.
Associate Professor of the Department of regional studies and foreign policy RGGU Sergey Markedonov believes that the West failed to reach the main thing.
"If the purpose of punishment refers to the forced Russia To abandon some of the foreign policy goals, they failed. To mass social protest against the authorities external pressure also failed. The expectation that society will grow frustrated from the Crimea and the dissatisfaction with the regime, did not materialize. On the contrary, as long as the punishment has not led To the weakening and strengthening of the positions of the Russian authorities and the strengthening of anti-Western sentiment ", - says the Russian expert.