The anti-Russian sanctions have a negative impact on the military-industrial complex of this country and the different spheres of economy, which is in the difficult situation due to the pandemic as Apostroph reported citing Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar.
Particularly, Bodnar said that the next factors force Kremlin to strive for lifting sanction.
First of all, the military-industrial complex of Russia suffers. The Russians receive fewer repair parts, modern weapons, and hardware not only from Ukraine but also from a significant number of international partners. Without advanced technologies, it is difficult to develop the military-industrial complex and offensive capacity of the Russian army.
The second moment is tied with the falling of prices for energy inputs. Russia traditionally got super-profits and launched them, usually, not as the social programs but as for the development of army and weapon. Now, there are almost no super-profits; the reserves are collapsing and the possibility for the restart of the economy, the army is getting lost.
According to the Ukrainian diplomat, the pandemic also severely affected the Russian economy and it influenced the growth of the inner protest in Russia. Russia faces the choice: to look for a way out of this situation or escalate it. Traditionally, Russia escalated. Now, we see not just the information campaigns in the Russian mass media but the real regrouping of the troops and escalation of the situation in Donbas and Crimea.
Due to this reason, Russia seeks to find weaknesses of the EU, make a play with the U.S. on elections, manipulate the situation in the Central and Eastern Europe; in other words, it does everything to strive for the lifting of sanctions; at least, return to business as usual or gain power.
Earlier, the ambassadors of the European Union supported the decision to extend the "Crimean package” of sanctions against Russia for another year.