The Russian Federation is in economic crisis.
The economy is shrinking. Although unemployment is low, poverty is increasing, Inflation is at double-digit rates. The exchange rate for the ruble is falling. Russia’s trade deficit is widening. The Russian government is cutting spending on public services.
While Russia has serious internal economic problems, the immediate cause of the crisis is the economic war being waged by its foes.
- The United States and European Union boycott many Russian individuals and institutions, including cutting off credit to Russian banks and cutting off sales of equipment to Russian oil companies.
- Saudi Arabia has stepped up production of oil, driving down oil prices worldwide and hurting Russia’s oil exports.
- The United States has begun a new arms race with Russia, forcing the Russian government to either divert resources from the civilian economy or admit inferiority.
In waging economic war against Russia, the United States and its allies hurt themselves as a price of hurting Russia more.
- Europe and Russia are natural trading partners, with Europeans buying Russian gas and oil and Russia buying Europe’s, especially Germany’s industrial products. Cutting off this trade hurts both.
- Saudi Arabia is using up a large but limited resource at a fast rate without getting the best price for it.
- The United States, too, is diverting resources from our civilian economy and domestic needs.
In many ways, this is a replay of the economic war waged against the Soviet Union in the 1980s.