Sanctions

Nord Stream 2 Completion "At Risk" After Fresh Trump Admin Sanctions, Gazprom Admits

Coming on Trump’s last full day in office, the US has slapped yet more sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 Russia to Germany natural gas pipeline as part of ongoing efforts to prevent its completion, specifically targeting a ship in involved in its final leg of construction. The Russian pipe-laying ship “Fortuna” and its owner…

UAE Identified As "Hub" For Companies Helping Venezuela Evade US Oil Sanctions

A detailed investigative report by Reuters has found Washington-ally United Arab Emirates has been helping Maduro’s Venezuela skirt sanctions which the Trump administration has used as pressure for regime change.  The UAE is alleged to have stepped up its sanctions-busting activities as a major “hub” allowing Venezuela to export its oil, especially after a half dozen…

Germany Outraged Over "Unjustified" Russian Tit-For-Tat Sanctions On Berlin Officials

Germany has expressed outrage over what it says are “unjustified” sanctions leveled by Russia on Tuesday in response to prior German punitive sanctions against Kremlin intelligence officials over the alleged state-sponsored poisoning of opposition activist and political figure Alexei Navalny. The AFP reports on the tit-for-tat measures: The charge d’affaires at the German embassy in Moscow, Beate Grzeski, was summoned…

US Announces Sanctions On Assad's Wife & Even Her British Family Members

With apparently little else left to sanction in Syria, the United States is now going after Bashar al-Assad’s wife and even extended family members which have long resided in London. A Tuesday statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated the US is imposing sanctions on Syria first lady Asma al-Assad, blaming her in part for…

Stoltenberg Laments “Situation Where NATO Allies Impose Sanctions On Each Other”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged a “positive solution” following the US decision to impose sanctions on Turkey over its S-400 missile defense system purchase from Russia in statements Tuesday. He also lamented such deep cracks in the military alliance during a press briefing in Brussels: “I urge all NATO allies and Turkey and other allies…

Germany Looks To Protect Russia-Led Nord Stream 2 From US Sanctions

Authored by Charles Kennedy via OilPrice.com, The German state where the controversial Russia-led natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 is planned to land has proposed the creation of a state-protected foundation that would hold the assets of Nord Stream in a bid to protect the project from U.S. sanctions, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing a proposal of…

Europe’s Anti-Russia Sanctions A Stupendous Act Of Self-Harm And Loathing

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation, New data out this week indicates that the European Union has suffered aggregate economic losses amounting to over €120 billion due to its policy of imposing sanctions against Russia. That’s according to figures released by the Dusseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Yet European leaders at an EU summit this week again…

Trump Admin Prepares “Flood” Of Iran Sanctions To Take Effect By Jan. 20

The Trump administration plans to throw everything it can against the Iranians before January 20 — the day Joe Biden would be inaugurated and take the White House. According to Axios on Sunday Pompeo is preparing a “flood” of sanctions in an attempt to ensure the Biden administration would have many more hurdles if it hopes to…

Turkey Says ‘No Change In US Relationship’ If Biden Wins As Sanctions Threat Looms

From nearly the start of the Trump presidency, US relations with Turkey have spiraled downward over everything from Syria policy (given Turkey’s hatred for the Kurds backed by the US), to the prior detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson, to Ankara’s purchase of the Russian S-400 defense system, to Turkey’s being kicked out of the F-35…