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Why didn't Western countries boycott the 2018 World Cup?

For many countries, the decision to attend or not is deferred to the national football association. The countries that you mention don't require exit visas, so it would require an exceptional act to ...
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What is the basis for the Western leaders to believe that harsh economic sanctions will not lead to a nuclear war with Russia eventually?

That's not necessarily the belief. When trying to make arrangements for future outcomes, anything can go wrong. The best that people can do is try to maximize probabilities of good outcomes and ...
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Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same?

Top five trading partners for the United States by imports: China Mexico Canada Japan Germany If we replace Germany with the European Union as a whole, the EU would be second. Top five trading ...
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What does Putin/Russia gain from only accepting payment for gas in Rubles?

It benefits Russia by forcing gas customers to purchase rubles at unfavourable rates, rather than Russian gas suppliers. At the moment, since President Putin enacted a decree obligating exporters to ...
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Does Congress not have to approve the US withdrawal from the Iran deal?

From Wikipedia: Under U.S. law, the JCPOA is a non-binding political commitment. According to the U.S. State Department, it specifically is not an executive agreement or a treaty. There are ...
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Is there any meaningful purpose in stopping selling consumer goods to Russia?

Both selling goods, consumer or otherwise, as well as buying Russian products, is an excellent way to make Russian citizens realize that a war is going on. You see, there is no independent media in ...
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Why did Russia have their foreign currency reserves in overseas banks?

You cannot really "store" lots of money in the physical sense. Money is an entitlement to benefits in the future and mostly is just numbers in some computers and typically there is always a ...
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What exactly is the purpose of the Non-Proliferation Treaty when nuclear weapons can be substituted with conventional explosives?

A single missile delivering a nuclear payload can wipe out a city. Needing to deliver hundreds or thousands of bombs or missiles to "simulate that" is a much more difficult proposition, in terms of ...
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Why has Pakistan never faced the wrath of the USA similar to other countries in the region, especially Iran?

The US relationship with Pakistan is complicated, but for decades it was viewed as an ally. In the 1970's and 80's, India was somewhat friendly towards the Soviet Union (while remaining nonaligned). ...
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Why do EU sanctions against Russia stop short of a total trade ban?

I think there are at least two obvious reasons, The EU profits from trade with Russia. Russia buys a lot of stuff, sells a lot of stuff the EU needs, and also uses the European market for its ...
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Why can't the West just ban Russia from trade?

Whenever you ask the question "Why?" in politics, it is necessary to "round up the usual suspects." There is horse trading. The political situation inside various countries, and ...
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Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same?

Please note that this answer is from 2017. While the general idea is still true, I've added a note on the current (February 2022) situation. Asymmetry The economical relation between the USA and ...
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How do Western democracies justify censorship of foreign media outlets?

You linked the case of RT. The story of the RT ban is, in large parts, the story of RT DE, and the question if that is Russian or German news (or possibly Serbian, or Luxembourgian). Even democracies ...
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Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia, why?

"They (Russia) were the only country not to have imposed sanctions against us in the 1990s," Vucic said after a National Security Council meeting. "They also supported our territorial ...
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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?

Money, of course. As of March 7th, Russia is not completely cut off from SWIFT. Selective Russian banks were thrown out, but not all of them. It seems that the US is negotiating with other oil and gas ...
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Why didn't Western countries boycott the 2018 World Cup?

FIFA has very strong policies against government interference. If a government would pressure its football association to boycott the world cup, the result would be immediate suspension. So not ...
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Did Ukraine lose half its GDP because of sanctions against Russia after its 2014 invasion of Crimea?

False First let's clarify what the comment is about. The most relevant figure to the "a contraction of the GDP by a half" seems to refer to Ukraine's GDP in US$, of which there is some data 2013: US$...
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Fact-check: Has the US increased imports of Russian oil?

Sort of - this claim is based on the figures published weekly by the Energy Information Administration. For the week of 03/25/22, the US imported 100,000 barrels per day, up from 70,000 barrels per ...
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Why doesn't the EU use its economic power to deal with Turkey's demands?

You seem to fundamentally misread the situation. Turkey does not owe it to the EU to help them save face and solve their problems for them. Erdogan has leverage and the EU is listening to him because ...
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Why haven't the sanctions relief improved Iranians living conditions?

Sanctions relief and sanctions being in action, didn't have any direct connection with our lives in Iran. See the government is shadowed by another government (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - ...
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Did Ukraine lose half its GDP because of sanctions against Russia after its 2014 invasion of Crimea?

By some metrics, Ukraine's GDP was divided by two between 2013 and 2015. However, this is misleading. As a consequence of war, annexation of Crimea, and a 70%-devaluation of Ukrainian currency, a ...
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What's the point of banning a few 'selected Russian banks' from SWIFT?

The point is to move the needle higher on economic sanctions against Russia. It was unprecedented when Iranian banks lost access to SWIFT in 2012, but it can be argued that it is again unprecedented ...
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Does banning importing oil from Russia damage its economy in the short term?

Tucker Carlson would appear to be wrong about this. He has been talking a remarkably pro-Putin line since the Russo-Ukrainian war heated up, and this doesn't seem to have much contact with reality. ...
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Why hasn't Russia or China come up with any system yet to bypass USD?

You can't bypass the dollar without having a comparably sized economy that is not dependent on the dollar. There are two big main factors that make replacing the dollar difficult. The practical one is ...
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Why can't the West just ban Russia from trade?

Usually, sanctions are intended to punish the government of a country for certain actions, not its people. Yet, there is a trade-off between more extensive sanctions that do more damage, and ensuring ...
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What is the basis for the Western leaders to believe that harsh economic sanctions will not lead to a nuclear war with Russia eventually?

Western leaders are operating under the presumption that no leader will initiate the doomsday scenario of launching a nuclear attack unless there is a direct and personal threat against them. Direct ...
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Why has Pakistan never faced the wrath of the USA similar to other countries in the region, especially Iran?

To quote UK Essays. (November 2018). Geopolitical Position Of Pakistan History Essay, " Pakistan has a significant geopolitical position as it is situated in a region that is of high grandness ...
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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

The Congressional Record from April 27th doesn't hold any explanation from any of the representatives who voted against the bill, although it does note that Rep. Madison Cawthorn changed his vote from ...
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How exactly are further sanctions meant to prevent North Korea from continuing their nuclear program?

The point of sanctions isn't necessarily, or always, "to prevent" the things the sanctions are based on. More often than not, they can serve at least three other purposes: They are a necessary step ...
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