NEW YORK, April 6 (Reuters) – ” The U.S. imposed “full blocking sanctions” on Sberbank (SBER.MM), which holds one-third of Russia’s total banking assets, and Alfabank, the country’s fourth largest financial institution. That means U.S. persons cannot do business with the lenders, while any of their assets that touch the U.S financial system are frozen. Britain also on Wednesday froze Sberbank’s assets.” Reuters: April 6, 20228:01 PM EDT Last Updated 18 hours ago
My question is: Why have we waited six weeks to do this? This is day 43 of the War in Ukraine, and We, the US and the UK could have done this much earlier… except, * that it would have kept “our” oligarchs from profiting from and getting their money out of these banks. We denied several, smaller banks from using SWIFT two weeks ago. Why didn’t we impost the same restrictions on the five major banks who conduct 88% of all Russian transactions? Why? To understand, read the sentence after the asterisk (*) above. Why have and or we waiting? If your dog poops on the carpet, you don’t wait a month to scold or punish it… or do you? 😳
I certainly agree with “not getting directly involved…bombing runs, boots-on-the-ground, etc, but I don’t understand why we are still “mulling over” actions that we could have taken four or five weeks ago, that might have helped end this atrocious war and saved thousands of lives and billions of dollars worth of property damage. I don’t understand why our Administration won’t agree with Ukraine “buying” the 29 Mig Jets that Poland has agreed to sell, or give to that country. I could argue that letting them purchase those jets does not “Directly” involve US.
I also agree, that Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries on Earth… as corrupt a Russia, China and yes… even our dear USA is… We’re just better at it then they are I think. War is hell, but what perturbs me the most is Russia’s deliberate bombing of hospitals, schools, apartment buildings and other civilian areas and intentionally killing thousands of innocent non-combatants. A Russian sympathizer said the other day that Pres. Zelensky is a snake. Most World top leaders may be considered “snakes” or they probably would not have slivered to the top, but most, at least not all execute innocent citizens with their hands bound behind them. The old cliché says: “That all is fair in love and war;” Well, I disagree…NOT ALL IS FAIR!