Former NATO commander called for a complete ban on the entry of Russians in the United States
Admiral of the US Army, former commander of NATO forces in Europe James Stavridis in his article for Time magazine calls for new sanctions against Russia up to a complete ban on the entry of Russians into the United States.
Stavridis says that the investigation of special Prosecutor Robert Mueller allegedly confirmed the fact of Russian interference in the American elections, while the main evidence he considers the name of the case: «Russian intervention».»Without a doubt, we suffered a direct blow at the hands of the Russians in the heart of our democratic system — and without a doubt, we did not respond much, in addition to a couple of symbolic gestures,» he writes.
Therefore Stavridis considers already imposed sanctions too weak and calls for tougher measures against Russia in the run-up to the elections in 2020. In his opinion, the existing restrictions «do not attract the attention of Russian President Vladimir Putin.»
Thus, our military calls not to be limited to sanctions against Russian business, but to introduce measures against Russian sports, music groups, academic institutions, diplomatic delegations and even Putin himself.
Stavridis also proposes to start openly supporting people or groups in Russia seeking democracy. In addition, he is also considering the option of a complete ban on the entry of Russians into the United States, regardless of the purpose of arrival. At the same time, Washington, in his opinion, can also refuse to cooperate with Russia on international projects from the restoration of Syria to the regulation of oil prices.
Such restrictions American Admiral does not consider excessive, because the fault of Russia in the United States allegedly seriously affected the democratic process. He emphasizes that Mueller’s work was only the beginning in the process of investigating Russia’s interference and its role in the election of us President Donald Trump. Stavridis also promised that the United States will continue to conduct in-depth work on the confrontation with Russia.
Relations between Moscow and Western countries deteriorated due to the situation in Ukraine and around the Crimea, which was reunited with Russia after the referendum on the Peninsula. The West, accusing Russia of interference, imposed sanctions against it, Moscow took retaliatory measures, took a course on import substitution and repeatedly stated that talking to it in the language of sanctions is counterproductive. Russia emphasizes that it is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine and the subject of the Minsk agreements on the settlement. In recent years, the EU has heard more and more views on the need to lift sanctions against Moscow.