Sanctions against Russia barely effective
Last month the U.S. and the EU extended the sanctions against Russia.
The U.S. and the EU placed sanctions on Russia after the annexation of Crimea in the summer of 2014. Those sanctions included freezing bank accounts, a travel ban for certain companies and persons and limitations on trade with Russia.
"The sanctions have barely impacted the Russian economy," the researchers write.
The downturn in the Russian economy is mainly due to the decreasing oil price and not the sanctions.
There seemed to be an effect at first. Russian companies had to quickly pay off foreign debt due to the sanctions on the flow of capital. This caused the rouble to decrease in value quickly, but the economy started to recover in 2015.
As a response to the sanctions Russia placed a boycott against fruit and vegetables from Europe, among other things. Trade declined, but had a limited effect overall.
The Dutch export decreased by half a percent between 2014 and 2015. The pain was mainly felt in fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy and flowers. ■