Freedom for Navalny! But EU sanctions against Russia are questionable


IWS: Political talks and diplomatic activities tend to bring about human rights successes

Linz (OTS) As much as the release of the Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny has to be pursued, the method of EU sanctions against Russia should also be questioned, said Gottfried Kneifel, managing director of the Initiative Wirtschaftsstandort OÖ (IWS) today. Sanctions against Russia were first imposed in 2014 after the occupation of Crimea. © The se were primarily tough political interventions in trade, finance and travel.

Since then, many Upper Austrian export companies and their suppliers have also been affected. Some of the export markets hard-fought for by Austrian companies were lost forever. On the other hand, the sanctions hardly had a disadvantage for the Russian elites, but rather for the general population because some imported goods have become scarcer and more expensive.

“If therapy has barely brought any improvement after six years, a change of medication has to be considered,” says Kneifel. “It must therefore be checked – in the interests of both sides – before further sanctions are imposed whether political talks and diplomatic activities are not more effective than the further linear continuation of sanctions.” In times of the corona pandemic, it is also about the Not to burden domestic export companies with additional – on the Russian side ineffective – trade restrictions.

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Upper Austrian business location initiative
Prof. Gottfried Kneifel
IWS managing director

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