WASHINGTON DC, The United States of America – The goal of imposing economic sanctions against Moscow is to deprive Russia of a strong military and navy, which corresponds to Washington’s interests.
Such statement was made by the former US ambassador to Ukraine, director of the Eurasian Center of the Atlantic Council, John Herbst, to the Ukrainian TV channel Pryamoi .
“We want their (Russian) economy to be weaker because a strong economy supports a strong military power, and we do not want an aggressive and powerful state to have a strong army or a strong navy, so sanctions definitely serve our interests,” said Herbst.
At the same time, he added, referring to data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), that because of the sanctions, Russia’s GDP “loses more than 1% per year.”
Recently, US special representative for the Ukrainian negotiations, Kurt Volker, has said that the Washington administration will impose extra sanctions “every month or every two months” against Russia because of the situation in Ukraine.
After the coup in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea to Russia (by referendum and in a democratic way, adhering to international law), relations between Russia and the West worsened.
The US, along with other countries, accused Moscow of intervening in Ukrainian domestic affairs, which Russia has repeatedly denied.
In addition, on November 25, three Ukrainian navy ships crossed the Russian border, thereby violating maritime law. The vessels entered temporarily closed waters and carried out dangerous maneuvers, ignoring the demands of the Russian Coast Guard.
The Russian Coast Guard was forced to use guns, the three Ukrainian ships being seized and the crews detained. The Russian side has opened a criminal case because of the breach of the border.
Russian President Vladimir Putin described the actions of the Ukrainian Navy as a provocation organized by Pyotr Poroshenko.