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Illegal US/EU Sanctions On Russia, Syria & Iran

By Stephen Lendman

Security Council members alone may impose sanctions on nations, organizations, enterprises or individuals - not countries against others on their own.

US/EU sanctions on Iran, Syria and Russia have no legitimacy. Neocons infesting Washington want new ones imposed on these countries, legislation now being considered, virtually certain to pass, its provisions alone uncertain.

Washington wants these countries punished for supporting Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity, along with the rights of its people to live free from the scourge of US-led imperial viciousness.

The sanctions game is all about targeting anyone challenging America’s aim for world dominance, a tool supplementing naked aggression and other lawless acts.

They inflict pain, mostly on ordinary people, while failing to accomplish anything else. On Wednesday, Western media said Germany is considering new sanctions on Russia, falsely blaming its aerial campaign for war crimes committed by US-supported terrorists and Pentagon-led “coalition” warplanes.

New sanctions imposed, if any, would represent US-pressured retribution for successfully combating US/EU-supported terrorists ravaging Syria, especially heading toward winning the strategic battle for Aleppo.

Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov responded to reports of possible new German sanctions, saying “(t)here have been no official statements, direct or indirect mentions of this…at the official level.”

“There is no (justification) for any sanctions on Russia” for any reasons. It’s the only country fully complying with international law - polar opposite US-led “coalition” imperial policies.

On Wednesday, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said new sanctions on Russia for its actions in Syria aren’t being discussed.

Far more serious is Washington’s potential threat to bomb Syrian forces and other government targets. Russia deployed sophisticated S-300 and S-400 air defense systems to protect its aircraft, ground personnel, and nearby ships.

Striking Syrian targets would endanger them, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov explained, saying “any missile or air strikes on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will create a clear threat to Russian servicemen.”

They’ll be responded to appropriately as necessary. Any “unidentified flying object” will be targeted and destroyed.

Konashenkov warned Washington against escalating conflict, saying “(h)istory shows that often such (actions) turn out to be prologue” for something more serious.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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