Biden’s “most-favoured” move on Russia is futile

The Biden administration announced Friday that Washington — along with the European Union and the G7 — will seek the revocation Russia’s ‘most favored nation’ Trading partner status. It’s a good move, but it doesn’t help Ukraine in its hour of need.

MFN status with America is coveted worldwide as it allows fundamentally free trade with a huge market. And the revocation is perfectly reasonable, since Russian President Vladimir Putin is beyond doubt as a enemy of civilization.

But that won’t save a drop of Ukrainian blood. Putin simply doesn’t see economic blows as a reason to give up his war. The West has tightened US sanctions Start with zero impact to the autocrat’s determination to break and conquer Ukraine, no matter what the cost.

Heck, we’ve been hitting Russia with economic penalties over Ukraine since Putin invaded there conquer Crimea in 2014.

So the blood-soaked Vlad will continue to strangle Mariupol to death, Shelling of refugees and hospitals and movement to crush Kharkiv and encircle and level Kyiv.

What President Biden not announced new steps to slow Putin’s advance, including more weapons and a visible increase in commitments in support of Ukraine’s own military efforts.

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Yes, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked for the move of MFN, but he would certainly prefer other help – like those Polish MiGs, the Biden personally refused the heroic resistance.

The MFN train is Biden again poses as determined – which sends the opposite message. And to do it instead of letting Poland Transmission of the jets tells Putin that the West remains under the illusion that “soft power” can replace real power. He wants to prove otherwise, no matter how much innocent blood he has to wade through.

The aftermath of Russian artillery shelling on a residential area in Mariupol where a rocket hit a house during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol, Ukraine.
Devastated areas like Mariupol in Ukraine urgently need protection – and President Biden is not sending fighter jets.
Armed Forces of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

And it is not logical to deprive Russia of MFN status, but not China. Foreign Minister Antony Blinken has openly called for Beijing’s campaign to be isolated and annihilated the Uyghur “genocide”; shouldn’t that be enough?

Teddy Roosevelt famously defined his preferred foreign policy as “speak softly and carry a big stick”. The Biden White House is speaking out as loudly as it can in this crisis — with very little effort. And all of America’s enemies notice it. Biden’s “most-favoured” move on Russia is futile


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