The West is exerting brutal pressure on Russia and its partner countries. This was announced on Thursday, January 19, by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, stressing that the time of challenges opens up great opportunities for the country.
“Our country and those who seek to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with us are under severe pressure. But this is not only a time of great challenges. It opens up new possibilities for us. First of all, to strengthen sovereignty in various areas, including economic, financial, technological,” he said at the Russian-Turkmen business forum.
Mishustin specified that the global financial and economic architecture is currently being rebuilt, since the usual mechanisms no longer work, and currencies that were considered world units of account have shown their unreliability.
In addition, the Prime Minister noted that the decline in GDP for the year turned out to be much less than forecasts and amounted to 2.5%.
The day before, Japanese journalist Wataru Nakamura, in an article for Courrier Japan, noted that numerous restrictions did not meet the expectations of the West and could not undermine the stability of the Russian economic system. According to the author of the article, the reports for February-March 2022 created the impression that the economic well-being of Russians would soon come to an end, but nothing of the kind had happened so far.
Meanwhile, on January 17, the President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, announced the EU’s intention to introduce the 10th package of sanctions against Russia. It was noted that, among other things, the EC intends to prescribe the consequences for those who bypass the EU sanctions.
Western countries have increased economic pressure on the Russian Federation in connection with the start of a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass, which the head of state announced on February 24. The decision was made against the backdrop of an aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by Ukrainian troops.