Questions tagged [sanctions]
Sanctions are actions taken by countries against others for political reasons, either unilaterally or multilaterally.
Are there any official or stated end conditions for US/EU sanctions on Russia?
When the US or EU placed economic sanctions on Russia for their invasion of Ukraine, were there any official or stated ending conditions upon which sanctions would be lifted? Or are the sanctions ...
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 ...
Does Congress not have to approve the US withdrawal from the Iran deal?
How is Trump able to withdraw from the Iran deal without Congressional approval?
Have there been any attempts by the rest of the world to sanction the US in the last years?
In the past few years the US has implemented or rejected certain international policies which other countries have been critical of. The first that come to mind are: The Paris climate accord - the US ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
What's the point of banning a few 'selected Russian banks' from SWIFT?
I read that several Russian banks got banned from SWIFT (mirror) following the ongoing 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. What's the point of banning a few selected Russian banks from SWIFT? I would ...
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 ...
Do Western countries want for Russia to default or not on its foreign debt?
According to TASS, Russia should be able to avoid defaulting on its foreign debt because now, as opposed to 1998, it has enough financial reserves. However, the issue is that a big fraction of its ...
How can Germany increase investments in Russia while EU economic sanctions against Russia are still in place?
According to Wikipedia EU economical sanctions against Russia are still in place: The sanctions by the European Union and United States continue to be in effect as of May 2019. In July 2018, the ...
Why is the EU so reluctant to cut Russia off the SWIFT system as part of the new sanctions to be put in place after invading Ukraine?
This Reuters article argues that it is unlikely for the EU to include cutting Russia off the SWIFT system. One of the most important reasons seems to be the financial impact on the EU lenders: Data ...
Why did Google ban Myanmar from accessing Google Workspace?
I am a student from Myanmar. Our country had a coup 6 months ago and many countries are imposing sanctions on the military junta for killing and abusing its own people. Google has blocked access to ...
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 ...
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 ...
What is Russia's plan to cope with invasion-related economic damage to itself?
Russia has been under sanction since 2014 for the annexation of Crimea. Now, the West imposed more sanctions, and the construction work of the NordStream-2 pipelines has also been suspended. What is ...
Russian sanctions under Trump
NBC just announced President Trump was imposing additional sanctions upon Russia for the Skirpal poisoning incident in the UK. These come on top of sanction increases in April, 2018 Senior Trump ...
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 ...
Why doesn't the EU adopt sterner sanctions against people with connections to the Kremlin living in the EU?
Russian officials and oligarchs often live in prosperous European nations. The EU has a lot of leverage. It could issue an ultimatum: either do this by this date (for example, release all political ...
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 ...
Why didn't Western countries boycott the 2018 World Cup?
According to this article Russian government believes that 2018 World Cup will help Russian economy on the medium term: a survey by the Russian government last week. It said the World Cup's boost ...
Is there any meaningful purpose in stopping selling consumer goods to Russia?
So, my newsfeed had an item about "H&M" stopping selling things to Russa, as well as a score of other random retailers (Nike? etc...). I can sort of see the possible argument about ...
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 ...
Why can't the West just ban Russia from trade?
President Biden has announced new sanctions on Russia after Russia invaded Ukraine unprovoked. From CNN: President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled harsh new sanctions on Russia meant to punish the ...
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 ...
What is the basis for the Western leaders to believe that harsh economic sanctions will not lead to a nuclear war with Russia eventually?
It is clear at the moment that no Western countries will send troops to Ukraine or set up a non-fly zone in Ukraine because they worry that will lead to a WWIII. But Putin already said Western ...
On what principle did UK seize an Iranian oil tanker? Is there no right of passage for third countries?
In July 2019, the United Kingdom seized an oil tanker carrying oil from Iran to Syria. Reportedly, this is to enforce EU sanctions against Syria. But neither Iran nor Syria are members of the EU, so ...
Do extra-territorial laws violate some basic principle of democracy?
The US Congress has recently passed a law penalizing foreign companies and individuals in Europe for working on a gas-pipeline from Russia to Germany. This law affects non-US citizens in Europe and ...
What is the purpose of the North Korea sanctions?
The US and others are sanctioning North Korea economically due to their nuclear advancements. But such sanctions hurt the people and country as a whole. Less jobs, more poverty, reduced standard of ...
Can Russia be cut off from the internet? [closed]
A great variety of sanctions have been discussed and implemented with more to follow. One sanction I have never heard being discussed, and that is cutting off Russia from the internet. Now I am aware ...
Which countries have blocked access to rt.com?
We know that the EU countries have blocked access to rt.com, and some people in India have also reported that they can no longer get to it. But not all western countries have blocked it. Does anyone ...
How is Iran sustaining its economy?
Iran has been under US sanctions for a long time now. Why isn't Iran collapsing like Venezuela or Cuba? How is Iran sustaining its economy?
Is Turkey busting the US (oil) sanctions on Iran?
What is known about the extent of Turkey's compliance with US sanctions on Iran? I've read some conflicting reports. One from May said that Turkey completely stopped buying Iranian oil, obeying US ...
What does it mean in practice that Putin and Lavrov will be personally on EU's sanctions list?
https://tass.com/politics/1411353 The European Union is going to include into the sanction list Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Annalena ...
What could Russia do against Finland and Sweden if they join NATO? [closed]
Russia threatens a strong response against Finland or Sweden if they apply to join NATO. What could Russia do against these countries? After all, they are already in EU and hence included in the EU ...
Do any NATO members control rare resources that could be blocked in response to China blocking rare earth materials shipments to the US?
Let's say China decides to go ahead and block shipments of rare earth materials to Western countries. Is there a way for NATO members to retaliate and block crucial shipments to China?
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 ...
Why is the US embargo such a problem for Cuba?
Why is the US embargo such a problem for Cuba? Honestly, the USA is not the only country in the world. Cuba need not buy or sell things to the USA. Cuba could trade with others nations such as EU, ...
Where does China buy its hi-tech weapons from other than Russia?
If US sanction on Russia kicks in, where can China look for buying its hi-tech weapons? Does China have any source other than Russia to buy its weapons from? . P.S. By hi-tech weapons, I meant ...