China will downplay President Joe Biden’s boast that his proposed sanctions against Russia will have a meaningful impact, according to a former Trump administration official.
Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2018 to January 2021 in then-President Donald Trump’s cabinet, who previously served as undersecretary of defense for personnel under the Secretary Defense James Mattis, said economic sanctions are bound to fail, no matter how much. the authorities say they will damage Russia, according to Fox News.
Meanwhile, a former Obama administration official says they can hurt Putin by hurting his people.
Edward Fishman, a former State Department official in the Obama administration, said sanctions Biden is considering if Russia invades Ukraine will drip down to harm Russians every day, which will then put pressure on Putin, according to New York Times.
“If the Biden administration follows through on its threat to sanction major Russian banks, that will resonate across the entire Russian economy,” he told the Times in an article published on Saturday. “It will definitely affect everyday Russians.”
“How are you going to change Putin’s calculus? By creating disturbances in the water. People won’t be pleased: ‘Look what you’ve done – suddenly my bank account is a fraction of it? Thanks, Putin,” he said.
Wilkie doubts these measures can work as Biden’s intentions.
“A lot of people talking about economic sanctions is really a piece of cake because China is now Russia’s banker,” Wilkie said. “Xi Jinping will support Putin if sanctions from the West are introduced.”
“It’s a safety net that he probably didn’t have 10, 15 years ago, and China probably can’t afford to strengthen the Russian state like it is now,” he said.
According to a Fox News article published Sunday, Wilkie said that if the US tries to harm Russian Economy By blocking energy sales to European countries, Russia will simply sell more energy to China.
“[China] Wilkie will start buying more energy from Russia,” explains Wilkie.
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He said that if Germany blocked the NordStream 2 pipeline, since natural gas supplies to Germany from Russia would make the existing distribution system through Ukraine possible to be consumed, “China will get the delay – they need more energy if not more than Europe. That’s how I’m going to see that play out,” he said.
even though China and Russia were once rivals, and even a decade ago, what Wilkie called their “eternal feud” was “buried,” he said.
Russia is now a “fundamental partner in the deal” because of China’s enormous economic power, he said.
“China is willing to help anyone as long as it reduces the value of the United States in the eyes of the world,” Wilkie said.
Wilkie said the United States is reaping the rewards of its policy after the collapse of the Soviet Union, more like a “victory dance” than its attempt to integrate Germany and Japan into the West after World War I. two.
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