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Attempts to use the United States Navy to block Russia’s trade would amount to a declaration of war, a senior senator commented on the idea of the United States’ internal secretary to prevent Russia’s energy trade through of a blockade.
“A US blockade of Russia would be equal to a declaration of war under international law,” said the head of the Information Policy Committee of the Russian Senate, Aleksey Pushkov, commenting on a report by US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. , suggested that EE. UU I could use the marina. to prevent Russian energy from reaching the Middle East markets.
Pushkov also described Zinke’s claim that the expansion of trade is the real reason behind Russia’s participation in Syria “nonsense.”
The very idea that Russia could potentially supply power to the Middle East, which is literally “oozing with oil,” is completely foreign to reality, Pushkov said. In fact, Russia does not supply energy to the region, which in itself is a major oil exporter, and has never announced plans to do so.
The Russian senator added that Zinke’s statement is “on par” with Sarah Palin’s claim that she was qualified to talk about Russia because “they are our neighbours next door, and you can actually see Russia here from Alaska. » The former governor of Alaska made the statement in an interview when she was the Republican candidate for vice president in the 2008 elections in the United States.
Attempts to put pressure on Russia “will not end in anything good,” a member of the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Senate, Franz Klintsevich, told reporters, adding that they would lead “to a great scandal,” at least. and Washington “should understand it clearly.”
The Russian deputies described Zinke’s words as “disturbing”. “It is disturbing that our partners resort once again to threats, sanctions and hostile actions instead of discussing international problems,” said a member of the International Affairs Committee of the State Duma, Anton Morozov. He also said that Russia “has something to answer”, but that such actions would only lead to an escalation of tensions, and instead called for dialogue.
Washington seems to be upset by Moscow’s international trade. The Trump government has been looking to replace Russia as Europe’s gas supplier by boosting exports of its liquefied natural gas, even though Russian gas is a cheaper option for Europe.
US officials, including President Donald Trump himself, have repeatedly pressured Germany to abandon the “inappropriate” project of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is projected to double Russia’s natural gas transport capacity to 110 billion dollars. cubic meters. Although Moscow has repeatedly declared that it is a purely economic project, Trump says that it will make Germany “captive” of Russia.
The United States is not focusing solely on energy trade, as it has also threatened to impose sanctions on countries that buy Russian weapons in what could be another example of competition between the two nations. However, these efforts also seem to be in vain.
More recently, India cleared the way for the purchase of Russian frigates and air defence systems. Turkey also defied US threats and said it does not need anyone’s permission to buy Russia’s S-400 missile systems. Even a close ally of the United States, Saudi Arabia is now in talks with Russia to buy the same defence systems. Moscow has repeatedly denounced the attempts of the United States to hinder its trade under various pretexts such as unfair competition.