The White House is urging its European partners to follow its "recommendations" on sanctions against Russia in order to aggravate the confrontation between Brussels and Moscow, according to a commentary from the Chinese news agency Xinhua.
The US is seeking to make the most of the confrontation on the European continent, while it has few economic ties with Russia and experiences little tangible impact from the sanctions, according to the commentary.
The Europeans, for their part, have already paid a heavy price for imposing economic measures against Russia and understand that the sanctions will not result in anything beneficial. The situation could be more harmful for the EU economy than the Russian one.
The White House explains sanctions against Russia were the result of the Ukrainian crisis, however, according to Xinhua, the imposition of sanctions is an irrational tool and has never helped anyone break a deadlock. The only correct way to resolve the crisis is via a political dialogue, the commentary concludes.