Donald Trump’s administration openly threatens to impose sanctions against the European Union for what the EU interferes with the American foreign policy. On the one hand, it is possible to admire that, how rigidly official Washington is ready to advocate the foreign policy interests. On the other hand — there are reasonable doubts that the similar policy will be useful to the USA in the long term.
The relations on the Washington — Brussels line are already far from ideal and if business reaches real sanctions, then they can quite pass a non-return point. Potential anti-European sanctions which, judging by statements of officials of the American Ministry of Finance, include “disconnection from the American financial system” can quite lead to diplomatic consequences, undesirable to the USA. Sooner or later the countries which are under various American sanctions will be simply forced to cooperate among themselves to resist to the American pressure. Trump’s administration works by the principle “look at successful predecessors and make everything on the contrary”. The principle “divide and rule” — is checked by historical experience (from ancient Romans to Machiavelli, Bacon and Napoleon), but the sanctions policy of the USA is formed according to the scheme “unite all against yourself” now that horrifies those mastodons of the American diplomacy which still remember, how masterly the USA pitted the opponents among themselves in the XX century.
Such look can seem biased that the break on small pieces once of “the uniform West” is very favorable to Russia, however come to similar conclusions analytics of influential American media which look at a situation not with delight, and with deep mental anguish. The agency of business information Bloomberg tells readers:
“Even if Trump will lose in 2020, (the German officials. — Bus comments) say that the trust which kept up transatlantic friendship for seven decades can be forever lost. Germany already began to create new alliances which will protect its interests in the world where the USA will not make it. And some of them are not pleasant to Washington. “In the future we have to take much more the destiny in hand if we want to be strong” — Merkel on a political meeting on Friday in Munich said”.
It is in this political context that the consequences of the us Treasury’s intentions to impose sanctions against the special structure that the EU is trying to launch to bypass us sanctions against Iran should be considered.
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury for counter-terrorism and financial intelligence Sigal Mandelker sent a letter of threats to the leadership of INSTEX — European “clearing house”, created by joint efforts of Germany, France and the UK. As the Washington Post notes, “the idea of creating INSTEX is that a company backed by three major us allies could tie the hands of the us administration, as any step towards sanctions against INSTEX or companies trading through it would create a conflict situation between Washington and (a bunch of) Berlin — London — Paris.” The rate of Europeans did not play, and the same The Washington Post has a logical explanation: “For the experiment (that is, for the mechanism of circumvention of Iranian sanctions. — Primas’. auth.) closely monitor. If expanded, it could jeopardize the global dominance of the us dollar, which is most often used for international transactions and allows the United States to have some control over the global economy. <…> If INSTEX or other alternatives are successful, international trading systems that bypass the us currency may limit
the ability of the future (presidential. — Primas’. auth.) us administrations to use sanctions as instruments of foreign policy.”
The leaders of the European Union are faced with the question: to what level of conflict with the United States are they ready to go to pursue their own foreign and energy policy? In this context, two seemingly unrelated stories are paradoxically linked: sanctions against the European “clearing house” created to continue buying oil from Iran, and future sanctions against Gazprom’s European partners participating in the Nord stream — 2 project. In the Iranian case, the US is trying to control what oil the EU countries can buy, and in the case of sanctions against Nord stream 2, Washington is trying to establish control over what gas the EU can buy.
Indirectly, both these attempts to throw an energy stranglehold on the neck of the European Union are connected with another key (from the point of view of the future of the US as a world hegemon) question: is the Euro a regional European currency or is it a full-fledged competitor of the dollar in world trade?
It is worth noting that if the problem was exclusively in the field of energy and currency regulation, the chances of forcing Europe to preserve and deepen the status of the American colony would be much greater. However, the administration of Donald trump is not just trying to deprive the EU of at least some chances for its own energy and financial policy. It simultaneously seeks to deindustrialize Europe, as well as to open its market for American food products, which, firstly, do not meet European environmental requirements, and secondly, will bring its artificial cheapness of European farmers to mass bankruptcy. In this context, the threat of trump himself to impose sanctions against German automakers, as well as to punish the European Union as a whole for the state support of the Airbus concern, that is, the main competitor of the American company Boeing, which is now going through far from the best of times, are just point elements of a large American operation to turn the European Union into a kind of analogue of Ukraine. That is, to make it a territory that is rapidly losing any signs of belonging to the developed and high-tech world.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website