USA*Engage Statement on U.S. Russia Economic Sanctions

Friday, 9 May 2014
Washington, DC – In a communiqué today to congressional offices, USA*Engage stated:

“The crisis in Ukraine demands a concerted response from the European Union and the United States.

“The Obama Administration has worked with the EU, and particularly Germany, to implement targeted economic sanctions to change the calculations of persons identified as responsible for the violence in Ukraine. The President and Germany’s Chancellor Merkel have made clear that further, coordinated sanctions will be implemented, depending on events in Ukraine, critically the Presidential elections scheduled for May 25.

“Recently, some Members of Congress have called for legislation of draconian, unilateral U.S. sanctions on key sectors of the Russian economy and exclusion of Russia from the global financial system.

“The historical record is clear; unilateral U.S. sanctions are a lose-lose tactic. The U.S. sanctions fail because companies in other countries fill the void left by U.S. companies, U.S. companies lose markets to their global competitors, and U.S. company assets may have to be abandoned with inevitable loss for the U.S. economy. Only multilateral sanctions, actually adhered to, have any chance of tactical success.”

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