Story at a glance…
NATO countries continue to trade with Russia even after launching an “ economic nuclear weapon”.
The weapon and its follow-up didn’t work even though it was carefully calculated.
Both the sanctions at the military aid to Ukraine before the war were “calibrated” to deter Putin, neither did.
ITALY June 9th. 2023. In a research report, companies in 17 different NATO nations have imported over $130 billion worth of goods from Russia, circumventing the heavy sanctions placed on Moscow by Western countries.
Some of the largest importers were or were located in some of the Kremlin’s harshest critics, including Lithuania, Poland, and the Netherlands.
Further imports totaling $6 billion in the post-attack period of March-December 2022 arrived via Russia’s neighbors such as Belarus, Armenia, (Azerbaijan), Georgia, and Kazakhstan. Exports from 17 Western countries, all of whom are NATO members, totaled $41.8 billion over the same period, a fifth of which were through these neighbors.
Imports almost totaled $10 billion in December alone, even after events such as the alleged massacres in Bucha and the passage of the complete and final EU sanctions act on Russia, though almost all arrived through intermediary countries, suggesting a private sector looking to circumvent the sanctions regime.