Neutrality wrote:USA sharpened sanctions against Gazprom. Now Gazprom can't receive technologies necessary for exploration and obtaining of gas and oil in the Sakhalin project. This blatantly shows that this sanctions politics has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine and everything with the USA using scumbag methods to push out competition out of the oil market.
I say the time has come to completely destroy the American space industry. Force Roskosmos to stop the delivery of RD-181 engines and look for other partners to sell. I think China and India would be interested.
magnumcromagnon wrote:The most effective countermeasure would be to introduce an titanium embargo on NATO states, and cut a deal with China to make up the difference with a 25-50% mark up. It's the most effective way to weaken NATO's airpower, much more effective than any military system that Russia or any country could produce, and it'll give China a 'strategic bottleneck' and leverage it could use against the US and Japan. As I said before Boeing who just so happens to be heavily invested in the NATO ABM's, is heavily reliant on Russia for titanium...so reliant that Russia provides at least 40% of the titanium for Boeing, and a good portion of it's landing gear.
The level of arrogance that orbits Boeing's 'chairman of the board', for them to be the main contractor for the GBI Euro Meatshield that threatens Russia, while simultaneously being reliant on Russia for at least 40% of it's titanium, as well as rocket engines that power their Atlas V rockets, as well as maintaining the ISS.
You know what's arrogant?
Cutting yourselves out of a market and pretending that by so doing you're hurting the other guy's economy; because you're so important and your technologies are so precious and no-one else can produce what you're producing.
That's exactly what the US and EU have done, and it's turned out to be a mistake that's hurting their own companies and pushing Russia to develop domestic alternatives and give business and partnerships to rapidly rising producers in Asia.
Russia then responded not by cutting out it's own companies from Western markets; but by cutting out even more
Western producers from Russian markets - agricultural prodeucers in this case.
Result? Russia 2 : US/EU 0.
What Russia shouldn't do, is commit the same mistake as the US and EU.
Delivering engines is good business.
Delivering titanium is good business.
Any deals, where Russia actually sells high-value added, innovative goods to any market - is good business
There is absolutely no reason to stop it. What would the objective be exactly? Yeah, just like in Russia's case, Boeing and NASA and so on would be temporarily hurt, they will take loses, etc... But just like Russia, in the longer run, they will develop or source their own alternatives - Russia is no more irreplacable to anyone than the West is; a lot less so actually.
And when they do come up with alternatives; they won't go back to doing business with Russia again. Boeing has invested a lot in Russia. Not just titanium; they have R&D centres here, JVs and some other projects. This is a very mutually profitable partnership; it doesn't matter how bad the government relations are, this is business FFS. And being part of whatever American defence projects is business for Boeing too. It's a corporation, the politics of this or that don't interest it.
Some of you guys are willing to chuck away some of Russia's most profitable business ventures and biggest customers for the sake of some short-term political capital.
Only the West is dumb enough to do that, no need to follow it to the abyss.