Counterproductive sanctions united world against US

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.

Russia earned record revenues from food exports in 2021, having exported $37.7 billion in foodstuffs. It set a record of $30.5 billion in 2020.

“So, what we’re seeing is not just isolated results that are so successful, but a blanket response of productivity, autonomy, and independence economically as a result of American sanctions,” he said.

Bosnitch then lauded Iran’s “Look to the East” policy to form alliances with non-Western countries who shared interests with the Islamic Republic, including China and Russia.

He also said the Iran-China landmark strategic partnership agreement for the next 25 years would lead to a greater level of integration in other areas other than just energy.

“China has a great number of technologies and productive capacities that will be of interest and of great use to Iran. Iran also has its excellent drone technologies and military defense technologies that it is certainly more than willing to share with countries facing similar pressure from the United States,” he added.

The $400 billion deal between Tehran and Beijing was announced during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Tehran in 2016 and signed in March 2021. It seeks to enhance cooperation between the two countries in economic, political, cultural, security, and defense areas.




Source: PressTV