Pressure on the Kremlin: Germany named Russia's "pain points" to be exploited

The visit of the chief European diplomat Josep Borrell to Russia in early February is considered a "humiliation" of Europe and a failure of Brussels' strategy in its attempts to get closer to Moscow. Europeans are beginning to understand that sanctions and other measures of influence on Russia for the Crimean events of 2014 practically do not work, in connection with which Die Welt experts named the main "pain points" of Russia, which can still be used to put pressure on the Kremlin.

The Russian authorities manage to achieve a split between various European forces - on the one hand, there are anti-Russian-minded Baltic states and Poland, on the other, Germany, France and Italy relying on cooperation with the Russian Federation.

What is happening in the Russian Federation and in other regions demonstrates the absence of an effective external policy, thanks to which Russia and Turkey were able to become the dominant powers in Libya and Syria. The weakness of the European Union can be traced in the failure of its policy in relation to what is happening inside and outside Russia - Crimea is still "annexed", the situation around Navalny goes beyond the bounds of decency, and European human rights activists are not taking active action.

Meanwhile, the EU still has real leverage over the Kremlin, since economic the situation inside Russia is still far from ideal. The volume of GDP of the Russian Federation in 2018 amounted to $ 1,66 trillion, although even in Italy this figure is 2,08 trillion. Russia suffers from a weak ruble, low oil prices and capital flight. At the same time, the country is heavily dependent on European investment and imports.

These are Russia's "pain points" that the Europeans can put pressure on: reduce purchases of Russian energy resources, ban the sale of certain goods, introduce a moratorium on the construction of Nord Stream 2, and pass laws to combat money laundering from Russia.

Determination and toughness: this is the only language that Putin truly respects ... Finally, demonstrate your toughness to Putin, Mrs. Merkel!

- writes Die Welt.
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  1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 12 February 2021 11: 47
    Mrs. Merkel will ruin the EU and the euro if she starts dancing to the tune of the United States, so Messrs. Die Welt can leave their not smart advice for rogue like Poland, who live on handouts from the EU and the USA.
    1. Cherry Offline Cherry
      Cherry (Kuzmina Tatyana) 12 February 2021 15: 52
      She will not be in time until the fall. Here she is hiding. She is just sitting out.
  2. Oder Offline Oder
    Oder (Wojciech) 12 February 2021 12: 23
    Mr Sapsan136 (Sapsan136)
    Poland does not live off the fertile European Union, as FORBS writes:

    at the end of the next EU fiscal perspective, that is, in 2027, Poland will be a net payer ... This is partly a result of the fact that we are getting richer and subsequent regions are approaching the EU average, which will deprive us of the right to some profit from political consistency

    Your government and television are lying about us. We live well in Poland. So the next time you write something, learn it!
    1. oderih Offline oderih
      oderih (Alex) 12 February 2021 14: 11
      ... until 2027

      Those. Poland has been sitting on the neck of the European Union for almost 35 years - proven?
    2. Cherry Offline Cherry
      Cherry (Kuzmina Tatyana) 12 February 2021 15: 55
      Because you live well, you use blackmail to extract subsidies from the EU budget. Self-sufficient in it Germany, yes France.
    3. avg Offline avg
      avg (Alexander) 12 February 2021 16: 22
      Poland is a poor, uneducated, agrarian country ruled by medieval PIS and priests. Only the latest subsidies and loans from the EU 160 billion. Still, Poles go to work throughout the EU, and Poland pays with European money for American weapons and the maintenance of their military facilities. But this is yours: “learn this!” Is precisely the reflection of the inferiority complex of a weak offended country that dreams of becoming a superpower, but is constantly on the sidelines.
    4. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
      Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 12 February 2021 16: 37
      And how does your Poland make money, well, if you do not take into account the brothel? Coal mines are closed, shipbuilding is at the fifth point of the elephant, agriculture is also not ah, and you won’t earn much there, all quotas for agricultural products have been distributed for a long time and you don’t get a single piece there ... So you’re sixteen to the United States for cookies from your aunt Nuland, yes, you are somehow interrupting on subsidies from the EU, only the EU began to curtail subsidies, so there is no time for you ... Besides, you are not even a Pole, the Poles do not know the Russian language, this is a rarity among them. One hundred pounds of another hohlen, so he just showed up on the site to croak something again from another one-time account
  3. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 12 February 2021 12: 49
    The measures are not bad, they will bring losses not only to Russia, but perhaps more to the EU, which is facing a crisis worse than ours. And it's time for our government to take care of its people, and not to drive the grandmother to the West, where our elite has already taken root.
    1. Cherry Offline Cherry
      Cherry (Kuzmina Tatyana) 12 February 2021 15: 57
      and not drive money to the West

      If I have earned money, then I can spend and store it anywhere.
  4. Alexndr p Offline Alexndr p
    Alexndr p (Alexander) 12 February 2021 14: 09
    Russia suffers from ruble weakness

    how? wassat

    Does China suffer from the Yuan's weakness as it extinguishes its course? Or is the industry of the EU and other competitors suffering?

    drug addicts.

    Here was a funny reaction to China suffering from the weakness of the Yuan laughing

    China has pushed its currency down to near historic lows. This is called "currency manipulation". Fed, do you hear? This is a grave violation that will greatly weaken China over time! ”Trump wrote.

    "China intends to continue to receive hundreds of billions of dollars that they take from the United States through dishonest trading practices and currency manipulation. This should have been stopped many years ago!" Trump said indignantly.
    1. Cherry Offline Cherry
      Cherry (Kuzmina Tatyana) 12 February 2021 15: 58
      Russia suffers from ruble weakness

      I was also surprised! Only the day before yesterday, the IMF advised to lower the ruble by half in order to accelerate inflation.
  5. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 12 February 2021 14: 22
    Pressure on the Kremlin: Germany named Russia's "pain points" to be exploited

    - Damn ... - this little article about "routine routine" ... - And what did the author want ??? - What is he talking about ???
    - Is that ...: an appeal to whom ... - to the West, or something; or to the EU; or to Merkel ???
    - So, and Russia ???
    - Well, the West and so ... - so far ... to the best of its ability ... - and fulfills and shows the world its "chosen hypostasis" ... - this is to fulfill the will and instructions of the Americans; as for the merkelsha (Merkel) ... - so her pathological hatred for Russia is already known and this merkelsha in this pathology of hers remains consistent in her actions and actions against Russia ... - So zealously consistent that it even becomes strange and incomprehensible ... - and what and what she wants to achieve ... - to fulfill the instructions of the Americans (which is quite logical and definite) ... or to fulfill her personal "Sado-expressions" for the demand of her perverted latent "desires," desires "...
    - And the West, as it was, and remains with all its "former affairs" ... - And Russia ... - as it was ... - so it became ... - in the same tone ...
    -So the author of the article was somewhat deliberately mistaken in his "public aspirations" ...
  6. Cherry Offline Cherry
    Cherry (Kuzmina Tatyana) 12 February 2021 15: 52
    Determination and toughness: this is the only language that Putin truly respects ...

    Where did Die Welt get this? The Germans have already arranged a Blitzkrieg for us. I think that even now they will get some mustal if they rock the boat, and NATO exists for the appearance of a joint war.
  7. Victor Orlov Offline Victor Orlov
    Victor Orlov (Pashtun) 13 February 2021 19: 25
    ............. Decisiveness and toughness: this is the only language that Putin truly respects ... Finally, demonstrate your toughness to Putin, Mrs. Merkel! .....

    Well. Well. And we'll see who will hurt more. We are no strangers to various sanctions.