Here’s another story that might disappoint those on the left hoping against hope that the Russiagate conspiracy theory brings about President Trump’s impeachment. The White House recently announced new sanctions against the Russian government for its use of chemical weapons against a former spy in the United Kingdom.
Earlier this year, Moscow allegedly attempted to poison Sergei Skripal – a former Russian double agent – and his daughter Yulia in a British pub. The chemical used in the assassination attempt was a nerve agent called Novichok, which was invented in the Soviet Union. The attack prompted several countries – including the United States – to take retaliatory action against the Kremlin.
New Sanctions Against Russia
The sanctions are expected to be imposed later in the month of August. This action on the part of the Trump administration came as a surprise, both to Russia and to American critics of the president, who recently indicated that he wanted to bring about better relations with Moscow.
The nature of the sanctions is described in the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act. The initial step will be to limit exports and financing. This also includes denying licenses to export sensitive national security resources to Russia, which could halt millions of dollars of exports to the Kremlin.
The second step will be taken if Moscow does not provide “reliable assurances” that it will not continue to use chemical weapons in the future and allows the United Nations to conduct inspections. This next action would downgrade diplomatic relations with Russia and cease almost all exports and imports with the country.
Russia’s Response to the New Sanctions
Needless to say, the Kremlin isn’t happy about the Trump administration’s actions. They seem to already be having an impact – weakening the ruble and causing Russian stocks to plummet. It also appears that after the Helsinki conference, this type of aggressive stance caught Russia by surprise. “This sort of decision by the American side is an absolutely unfriendly act,” Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “It can scarcely be associated in any way with the constructive – not easy but constructive – atmosphere at the most recent meeting of the two presidents.”
The Kremlin spokesman also claimed that the sanctions were illegal and reiterated Moscow’s claims that they were not responsible for Skripal’s poisoning. Russia indicated that they would retaliate with their own sanctions against the United States. Andrey Kortunov, the director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, told The Washington Post that Russian President Vladimir Putin “doesn’t back down under pressure but, rather, goes the other direction.”
Unfortunately for Russia, the White House’s sanctions are not the only punitive actions that the Kremlin can expect. Congress is expected to pass legislation that would target the country’s energy and financial industries.
So Much for Collusion
Trump’s rhetoric on Russia may seem overly conciliatory to some, but his actions against Moscow since taking office has made it much harder for the left to convince the American public that his campaign colluded with Putin’s government to swing the results of the 2016 election. Trump has taken multiple actions that have threatened the Kremlin’s interests. And yet, the Democrats and their allies in the establishment media continue to push the Russia collusion narrative forward.
If Putin helped Trump get elected, wouldn’t it make sense that there was some sort of quid pro quo arrangement? After all, if this story were true, what exactly has Putin gotten out of helping Trump win the presidency?
These are the questions the left cannot answer, so instead, they point to any and every story that can be twisted to promote their favorite conspiracy theory. It seems that every time Special Counsel Robert Mueller blinks, news outlets like CNN and MSNBC tell their viewers that this latest development is the final nail in the coffin – the smoking gun that will bring about the humiliating downfall of President Trump.
The reality is that there is no credible evidence proving that the president worked with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. Indeed, the president’s actions against Russia have been much harsher than his predecessors. Unfortunately for the left, their conspiracy theory has amounted to nothing but a growing pile of fake coffin nails, fake smoking guns, and fake news.