Western-imposed sanctions have proved to be self-defeating as they have forced targeted countries to join forces against the United States and promoted economic independence among them, according to a political analyst.
John Bosnitch, a Belgrade-based journalist and activist, stated that despite the unilateral sanctions, Iran and other countries subjected to the boycotts are becoming more self-sufficient.
“These sanctions have backfired and they have united the world against the United States,” Bosnitch said, citing Serbia, Cuba and Russia’s success in neutralizing the sanctions.
“During the 1990s, when the United States put sanctions here on Serbia [following the Yugoslav Wars], Serbia developed entire new industries and autonomous production inside the country, eliminating the need for many Western imports,” he said.
“The same thing, of course, has happened with Cuba,” he added.
Almost a 6-decade embargo on Havana is still in place as Cuba and the US became ideological foes soon after the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power, and their ties remained hostile even after the end of the Cold War. It is the most enduring trade embargo in modern history.
“And we now hear that Russia is a net agricultural exporter, after many decades of having to import agricultural products,” Bosnitch said, pointing to Russia’s newfound status as a net seller of agricultural products for the second consecutive year since 2020.