Just how bankrupt for ideas is the West's anti-Russia agenda?
Just look at the headlines. This was propaganda from the West a month ago.
European allies of the U.S. plan to follow the Biden administration and take steps to stop their use of Russian oil by the end of this year, a move that some economists say could cause the supply of oil worldwide to drop and push prices as high as $200 a barrel.
That risk has the U.S. and its allies seeking to establish a buyer’s cartel to control the price of Russian oil. Leaders of the Group of 7 advanced economies have tentatively agreed to back a cap on the price of Russian oil. Simply speaking, participating countries would agree to purchase the oil at lower-than-market price.
Brilliant! We are going to tell Russia at what price they can sell their oil and gas.
It's such a brilliant plan that I'd bet that Putin has already given up, amirite?
The unbiased Atlantic Council agreed.
The West is going to "starve" Russia.
The Russian regime appears to have assumed that China and, to a lesser extent, India and other non-Western partners, would effectively bail them out by buying up whatever energy exports the West did not and providing the equipment lost because of sanctions, export controls, and self-sanctioning. Although China and India have done much to cushion the blow in terms of export volumes thus far, they have their Russian counterparts over a barrel as commodities flows are rewired and energy markets adjust. The outlook for Russia’s oil, gas, and coal industries is dimming, if not yet completely bleak. But there is little reason to see a full “pivot to Asia” sustainably addressing the problems Russia faces.
So there you have it. Russia is done. It's all over. The West wins again.
Cut to post-game interviews.
A few weeks later let's look at the headlines again, which I'm sure are all full of glorious celebrations due to the fall of Putin.
So I guess the crushing of Russia was somewhat delayed. That's OK. We'll just have to wait a bit before breaking out the bubbly.
I find it interesting that this came out right when Biden is visiting Saudi Arabia to beg them for more oil.
In a further revelation, CREA pointed out that in the first two months of the war, 23 large companies purchased fossil fuels from Russia. And that 15 of those companies were still buying in May 2022. These included big oil companies: Exxon, Shell, Total, Repsol, Lukoil, Neste, and Orlen.
Gosh. Western oil companies are defying the sanctions, but you almost never hear anything about that.
However, the best headline of all, was this one.
You can actually hear the pathetic whining if that sentence, can't you?
And then Russia goes on the offensive.
Russia launches new chartered ships to trade commodities with China and India as wartime sanctions block typical supply chains
Russia Aims to Take Control of Oil Pricing by Creating Benchmark
You've got Putin on the ropes, Biden.
Don't let him up now.
You know what Biden could do to take ever more command of the situation?
Biden should shoot himself in the foot...again. That would show old' Putin.