5 April 2014, 14:31

Sanctions against Moscow: it's impossible to freeze Russian-US cooperation in many spheres

Sanctions against Moscow: it's impossible to freeze Russian-US cooperation in many spheres

US sanctions against Moscow triggered by Crimea's accession to Russia are unlikely to have any serious consequences. Moreover, Russian experts believe that despite all official statements, it will be impossible to freeze cooperation in many spheres.

Western leaders are trying to show that their countries approve the introduction of sanctions against Russia. But the reality is different. In the United States and Europe there are people, who consider the economic and political restrictions against Russia an error.

In some EU countries the dispute on the sanction has become a real bone of contention. Thus, Britain and France have exchanged unpleasantries over the fact that Paris was not strict enough in regard to Moscow as it had not refused to sale helicopter carriers to Russia. In its turn, London was unable to show the French an example and freeze multibillion assets of Russian businessmen. Germany, which previously had been the biggest advocate of introducing sanctions, changed its mind and decided not to create difficulties for thousands of German companies operating in Russia.

The American business community is trying to prevent adoption of decisions that can harm the economy; it opposed sanctions against Russia. US residents are even more opposed to stopping the political dialogue between Moscow and Washington. Senior researcher of the Department of the Euro-Atlantic Studies of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, Sergei Mikhailov, is sure that cooperation between Russia and the USA will continue in all spheres.

"There are a lot of spheres ranging from the political sphere, the sphere of international relations, where it is absolutely obvious that both Russia and the US are interested in cooperation, for example, on Iran and on Afghanistan. Although NATO has stated that it would cease cooperation on Afghanistan, it is obvious that in the future, when the US begins withdrawing troops from there at the end of 2014, a coordination of joint Russian-American actions will be needed at the minimum. There are a number of technological issues. For example, Russia is a major supplier of titanium parts for the American aircraft building. The US is interested in maintaining cooperation in this sphere."

Besides, contacts in the field of space just can't be stopped by definition as Russia is currently the exclusive executor of technical delivery of astronauts to the International Space Station. And there is also the joint control over the proliferation of nuclear weapons, cooperation on the Middle East and on resolving the Iranian issue, Director of the Eurasian Communication Center, Alexei Pilko says.

"Today, I would not pay great attention to loud statements by some American politicians on complete breach of any cooperation. The United States and Russia are still the two countries that are responsible for the global stability. And therefore there simply cannot be a complete rupture of cooperation between them. There will be cooperation in the military field, too. After a while, these populist statements we hear from the American side will cease and they will return to the rationalistic approach of building relations with Russia."

Experts believe that today, the United States has nothing left to do but make loud political statements that the cooperation between Washington and Moscow will stop. Actually, for the US there is no escaping interaction with Russia in resolving international issues, because the myth of a unipolar world has long been dispelled.

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