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    Sanctions on Russia: An Increasingly Hard Sell

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    Calls to impose tougher sanctions on Russia for its actions in Syria proved to be an idle threat, as the EU summit in Brussels showed that European leaders have no stomach for new punitive measures against Moscow seen as counterproductive and irrelevant.

    In an article titled “The Case for More Sanctions on Russia Over Syria Bombings: Q&A”, carried by Bloomberg and written by Ian Wishart, the journalist writes that:

    “The U.S. and the U.K. have been most vocal in their support for exploring sanctions. Kerry, who met with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday, said the possibility of additional sanctions is now on the table and the U.S. would “see where we are in the next few weeks.” Johnson, who discussed potential punitive measures with EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, said sanctions were among “a large list of ideas, proposals,” and declined to rule out eventual economic sanctions when speaking to reporters.”

    On the other hand, he observes that:

    “In Europe, the French and Italian governments have sounded the most cautious with France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warning against a “cycle of sanctions for sanctions’ sake.” His Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni said on Monday in Luxembourg that sanctions related to Syria were “unrealistic and not viable.””

    To discuss this Andrew and Sergey are joined by Gleb Ivaschentsov, member of the Russian Council For International Relations (studio guest); Paolo Salom, political commentator at Corriere della Sera newspaper (from Milan); and Jan Van Benthem, foreign commentator at the Nederlands Dagblad (The Netherlands Daily).

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