Are trade and economic sanctions against Russia risky?

Are trade and economic sanctions against Russia risky?

The US and its allies have issued trade and economic sanctions against the Russian economy. 

The sanctions are a measure to aid Ukraine to avoid a nuclear confrontation between NATO and Russia. 

However, many wonder if the trade and economic sanctions against Russia are risky. 

Furthermore, these sanctions actively damage users requiring clarity on deployment and reversal pathways. 

Trade and Economic sanctions against Russia

While sanctions are wartime remedies, they are also effectively used during peacetime. 

A sanction pressurizes a country to alter its behaviors. The sanction prevents said country from enjoying the benefits of exchange globally. 

Furthermore, trade sanctions disallow imports, exports, and various international transactions with the targeted country. 

As of now, Russia faces the wrath of the US and other countries as they slap sanctions against them. 

Will the Russian economy witness actual damage?

From the University of Michigan, Amiyatosh Purnanandam describes the barring of Russian banks as “a non-violent nuclear attack on Russia’s economic system.”

Additionally, this is not the first time the US issued sanctions against a country. 

In 2020, the US issued embargos on over 10,000 entities, making it ten times higher than in 2000. 

Many of those 10,000 entities connect to Cuba, Iran, and North Korea. 

As a result of the severity of the sanctions, Russia is pressurizing India for a rupees-for-troubles arrangement. 

The arrangement will allow Russia to export oil to India for other goods. 

Nevertheless, the EU – Russia’s largest trading partner, plays a crucial part in damaging the Russian economy. 

What are the effects of the Russian sanctions globally?

While sanctions and measures against Russia are in order, the EU halting oil and gas imports will rapidly damage the Russian economy. 

However, the sudden halt in oil and gas imports would also entail severity for Europeans. 

Nevertheless, various countries, including the US, can help soften the blow but not fully make up for the reduced supply. 

Furthermore, while SWIFT looks over the bulk of international payments, China builds its own CIPS. 

Nevertheless, if China furthers the CIPS development, significant long-term consequences for the international financial system await China. 

Globally, countries weigh the pros and cons of potential US sanctions for helping Russia with alternative trading and financing patterns. 

Various countries actively support multilateral cooperation and coordinate to ensure sanctions against Russia succeed. 


While the trade and economic sanctions against Russia are justified, they may cause severe damage to the global economy. 

However, various countries can step up to help the EU meet oil and gas demands and remove the sanctions when hostility ends. 

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Johannah is a passionate traveler. She is seeking remote places across India and exploring the benefits of being a Nomad. She has completed her bachelor's in Psychology Hons and diploma in Graphology. Being able to write helps her to share her experiences and be independent to travel anywhere.


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