Questions tagged [sanctions]

Sanctions are actions taken by countries against others for political reasons, either unilaterally or multilaterally.

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What does the West have to gain by not allowing Russia to pay its debt?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8PXkkNJ2_o Bloomberg reports that the default is largely symbolic and Russia is simply defaulting since Western financial institutions won't accept Russia payments. Is ...
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Does banning oil import from Russia damage its economy in the short term?

Tucker in this video said that sanctions against Russia aren't hurting Putin and its side-effects are just hurting US people by raising gas price. Do US sanctions against Russia really not have any ...
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What possible retaliation could Russia take against Lithuania for enforcing the EU sanctions?

Russia has today threatened Lithuania with retaliation after Lithuania enforced the EU sanctions blocking certain products from transiting Lithuania from Russia to Kaliningrad. Russia refers to this ...
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Since the West will no longer allow Russia to raise money by selling sovereign debt, what alternatives does Russia have?

are there any precedents of this ? What is generally the alternative in such cases ? Do other authoritarian countries help you finance debt ?
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To what extent does China need the SWIFT system?

To what extent does China need the SWIFT system? Some commentators have said that the U.S. might be considering banning China from the SWIFT system were they to support Russia with military aid. My ...
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Has there been a cost-benefit analysis of what would happen if the Russian Federation were to be disconnected from the Internet?

A number of the Russian industries have been cut off from being able to engage with the outside world as a result of sanctions imposed in response to Russian Federation's war of aggression against ...
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Is stopping and searching vessels in Asia-Pacific waters to enforce North-Korean sanctions consistent with the US Coast Guard's mandate?

The Reuters news report Exclusive: U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders - sources begins with the sentence: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and key Asian ...
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How could the US Embargo on Cuba be ended? What would that process look like?

There's been a lot of discussion on if the US embargo on Cuba should be ended, but I would like to know: how could it be ended? What legislative process? Would any laws have to be removed to allow ...
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What is the current state of US's dilemma on waiving CAATSA for India?

India's purchase of Russian S-400 was eligible for CAATSA sactions. No sanctions have been applied yet using CAATSA. There were talks that India would get a waiver, and there was a house of ...
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Why is Ukraine not stopping the transit of Russian gas in the context of its demand to boycott Russian gas?

As can be seen in this article from Germany, Zelenskyj calls for a gas boycott from Russia. At the same time, there is the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. So why is Ukraine not stopping that ...
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How did Soviet-influenced countries cope with US sanctions during the cold war? [closed]

The USA has been using economic sanctions as a very effective tool. How effectively did it work during the Cold War? How did Soviet-influenced countries cope with US sanctions during the cold war?
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Which countries are affected by Russia's decree banning oil sales to them?

Vladimir Putin bans Russian oil exports to countries that imposed price cap over Ukraine war President Vladimir Putin has delivered Russia's long-awaited response to a Western price cap, signing off ...
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What was the nature of the sanctions that Arizona secretary of state and Governor-elect Katie Hobbs asked to be placed on Kari Lake?

The title of Axios' December 27, 2022 Arizona judge rules out sanctions against Kari Lake but orders $33,000 in fees states the outcome of Katie Hobbs's request (petition?) against Kari Lake. On the ...
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Is the EU Border Guard Agency able to tell Russian passports issued in Ukraine or Georgia from the legitimate ones?

On 8 December 2022, the European Council has adopted a resolution on not accepting Russian travel documents issued in Ukraine and Georgia. I'm wondering if the Frontex (European Border and Coast Guard ...
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Which "critical technologies" does Russia depend upon the United States and its allies for, that "China does not have access to?"

In the recent NBC's Face The Nation interview Top Treasury official says U.S. sanctions would target Putin, Russian economy after the 2 minute mark US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo ...
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What will be the practical implications if European Parliament designates Russian Federation a state sponsor of terrorism?

Today (as of the time this question is created) there will be a vote in the European Parliament on this. If the designation is supported, then I wonder what the practical implications will be if any. ...
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Are Internet Companies (Google, twitter, Facebook , ...) affected by sanctions against Iran?

I'm an Iranian and I've been confronted with sites now and then where I can't get my number registered or I won't be allowed to even view the page where my IP address is detected to be from Iran and ...
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How exactly can keeping chips using EUV technology "pre-empt many worst-case human rights... scenarios in the coming decades?"

note: for background see Which "critical technologies" does Russia dependent upon the United States and its allies for, that "China does not have access to?" The Brookings ...
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Have any US sanctions ever achieved their stated goals?

The US is well known for sanctioning unfriendly regimes. But have these sanctions ever worked to achieve whatever goal the US was trying to achieve? I’m looking for credible cause and effect ...
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What does Putin/Russia gain from only accepting payment for gas in Rubles?

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin announced that "unfriendly" countries would need to pay for Russian gas in Rubles in the near future. The news came with speculation that this is a move to prop up ...
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What has the Chinese government done as a response to US sanctions on its tech sector?

From Trump to Biden, many Chinese tech companies have either gone out of business or sustained significant financial damage because of US security-related sanctions (e.g., Huawei, etc.). What has the ...
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Does strategic ambiguity mean soft response?

Let's consider situations when country A wants to deter country B from doing some action (i.e. the USA wants to deter China from attacking Taiwan). Such situations can be modeled in the following way. ...
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Can the current European sanctions against Russia have a significant effect?

Many European countries and the EU itself have imposed economic sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. However, according to this Guardian article citing this study, European nations are ...
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What are the limits for the waivers to sanctions against Russia within the European Union?

According to this article, the Dutch government has issued 91 waivers from sanctions against Russia since the country invaded Ukraine late in February: In April, the European Union banned ships ...
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Objective arguments to support assertions that Saudi Arabia is "siding with Russia" and not simply just exercising sound fiscal policy?

CNN's October 7, 2022 Why Saudi Arabia defied the US over OPEC oil supply cut includes the following quotes: “What Saudi Arabia did to help Putin continue to wage his despicable, vicious war against ...
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Iranian drones in Ukraine, Chinese parts, and sanctions

I heard that Russia uses Iranian drones, Shahed-136. I wonder if it doesn't have any Chinese parts and if so, does it affect sanctions on China?
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Are Washington's threats over Nord Stream 2 pipeline against WTO rules?

I heard that the U.S. is considering imposing sanctions against Germany if it proceeds to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and import gas from Russia, but I was wondering if such trade restrictions ...
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Communicating the Nord Stream 2 sanctions

The US has moved to sanction companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which transports gas directly from Russia to Germany. At a glance over German and European news, the US public ...
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Difference between Western sanctions and Russia's choice to stop oil & gas

Just to be clear, I am neither in favour of Russia's war nor arguing against punishing it for the invasion. However, I have noticed a difference in rhetoric around what seems to me to be similar sorts ...
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Can Western countries impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia in a similar way to those imposed to Russia?

A local journalist argued some time after murdering of Jamal Khashoggi something like the following (approximately from the memory, I cannot find the source now): I do not mind paying more for the ...
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What is the political justification by China and India for not participating in the sanctions against Russia?

China and India are not participating in the sanctions imposed by the Western world on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine. This has effectively made the sanctions much less effective, compared to what ...
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How effective are sanctions in overthrowing regimes?

One can read constantly in the media, that the West and especially the US announce sanctions against some countries. North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela are some examples. In some cases like Cuba ...
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Why does Apple not ship the new iPhones with software that would block use in Russia? [closed]

Russia is reported by Hungarian media to be arranging for black import of the new iPhones on a governmental scale. Why does Apple not set the new OS up so that it would brick on its own if someone is ...
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Is there an estimate how much oil and derived products has Russia exported to the EU using ship-to-ship transfers, this year?

That it's happening at some scale seems rather clear, i.e. Russian tankers either directly transfer their cargoes to EU-bound ships sailing under other flags in the Black Sea, or slightly indirectly e....
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What is Russia getting in exchange for their gas and oil now that they've been cut off from the Western financial system?

As far as I can tell both of these things are currently true: Russia has been cut off from a large chunk of the Western financial system The EU is still buying Russian gas and oil But how does this ...
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Can defense acquisitions by countries be kept secret?

Or are they usually are? Take for example between US and its allies. In modern days, are there any safe guards for them to be kept classified. Or safeguards to be kept transparent? Take for example: ...
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Do sanctions really serve their purpose?

Does economic sanctions on a country serve any purpose at all other than make the ordinary citizens suffer? Most of the times sanctions are placed on a country which is either not democratic or less ...
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Why does the EU have a huge amount of sanctions on Russia but not on the USA?

America has many times been seen intervening in countries without the approval of the current governments. Sometimes this has happened on blatantly far-fetched pretexts (chemical weapon in Iraq). Why ...
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Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same?

Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same? For example see U.S. tightens sanctions on Russia over Crimea, New US sanctions on Russia inflame ...
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How are the European countries paying Russia in Rubles?

As far as I understood, for the purchase of Russian gas, European countries can't pay Russia in EUR because of their sanction on Russia. On the other hand, as per Putin's decree, Russia only accepts ...
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Which European countries still allow Russian government bonds to be sold on their markets?

According to NBC, Russia is not able to sell government bonds in the US and some European countries, after invading Ukraine: Tuesday’s sanctions also barred the Russian Central Bank from financing in ...
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Did Russia significantly reduce economic aid (or subsidies) to Belarus around/after 2014?

According to one Western source Russia was subsidizing 10–15 percent of Belarus' GDP around 2013 or so. Another source source quantifies that differently as "Between 2005 and 2015, Moscow pumped $...
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How do Western democracies justify censorship of foreign media outlets?

One of the features of a democracy is freedom of speech and media, but in the last few months Russian media outlets were closed and blocked online. Such censorship happened for example in the EU and ...
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What's the reasoning behind "rogue states" not responding to sanctions with military action? [closed]

Background: I know how insane this would be if it actually happened, but it just dawned on me that countries with far smaller economies than those who impose sanctions on them (as we see in the real ...
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Why is India able to continue buying Russian oil despite sanctions like CAATSA?

India buying Russian oil is not sanctioned. Why is CAATSA or other violations not applicable here? At a time like this, this seems odd. Even during peace buying S400 was much discussed as to sanction ...
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Do Russian oil investments abroad fall into the scope of the sanctions?

In response to the Ukrainian war Europe, the US and few more countries have set up some sanctions against Russian interests, including Russian oil production. However Russian oil and gas companies ...
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Statements on reasons to vote against US H. R. 6930, a bill to confiscate assets from sanctioned Russian oligarchs & use the funds to support Ukraine

What are the reasons that 8 US Representatives holding very different political views voted against US H. R. 6930, a bill to confiscate assets from sanctioned Russian oligarchs and use the funds to ...
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Did the sanctions against Russia take into account that oil price might neutralise their effect?

Western countries imposed some sanctions on the Russian Federation and some Russian individuals since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. But Russia can still sell oil on the international markets ...
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Why hasn't any country condemned the human right abuses of Chinese government for their Zero-COVID policies (cf. Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues)?

In history, the human right abuses in China were often condemned internationally, for example the forced labors in Xijiang camps and the crackdown of Hong Kong protests. But it seems to me that the ...
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How are personal sanctions against Russian officials supposed to work?

I understand that most sanctions against Russia are expected to cripple its economy. The war in Ukraine would then become prohibitively expensive, and Russia would have to withdraw. I also see how ...