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Morocco Crushes Biden’s ‘Secondary Sanctions’ Plan for African Countries

Morocco is fed up with the war in Ukraine and the bullying of the Biden administration, and its king has chosen to put the needs of his people first.

the bold threatens from the American ambassador to the UN recently, when he was in Ghana, directed at African countries toying with the idea of ​​trading with Russia, was clear. If African countries want to do business with Russia beyond grain and agricultural equipment, then there would be consequences, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield warned.

Secondary sanctions are important for the United States because they reinforce existing ones between the United States and Russia, even if for many Western countries they are a cruel parody that punishes those who impose them rather than those who are theirs. victims ; few citizens of EU countries believe that their spiraling economies and spiraling heating costs are worth the stance taken against Russia, which has never had a ruble as strong as it does today, while the pound sterling , for example, reached an all-time low.

Secondary sanctions, those imposed by the United States on countries in the South, for example, could make a difference. Regardless of the fact that many of these countries buy oil and gas from Russia, many in Africa, in particular, view Russia as a new cooperation partner exhausted by EU human rights rants. or America’s illusory ideas about hegemony. And so, cutting off trade between Africa and Russia would be a real coup for the West if it were able to do so.

And yet, it seems that despite the fact that the battlefield looks different in Ukraine, as Russia loses territory, the big picture of this global war in the world is nothing to cheer about for the West, since the secondary sanctions will be almost impossible to sustain.

All it will take is for an African country to ignore them, and a collapsing house of cards scenario will almost certainly result.

That’s why Joe Biden now has a real problem with Morocco, a country that has distinguished itself for decades as a special friend of the United States, with what State Department types call ” best friend”.

Even with this friendship, Morocco grew tired of both the war in Ukraine and the bullying of the Biden administration, and its king chose to put the needs of his people first. Just recently, Morocco signed a huge deal with Russia for the construction of nuclear power plants and desalination operations along its coastline – two areas that desperately need an overhaul to make the country more economically independent. energetic and able to repel a drought that has been unseen for forty years in the kingdom.

Savvy analysts will note since February that relations between two key GCC countries (UAE and Saudi Arabia) and Russia have actually improved since the start of the war in Ukraine in February. And Morocco is now waking up and smelling of coffee and joining this group and its philosophy: getting closer to Russia and using that as leverage with Washington.

In fact, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates took this concept even further recently when they agreed with Russia to cut oil production, with the specific aim of hurting Joe Biden in the mid-elections. term, paving the way for the second half of his term in office as ceremonial only, hoping that Donald Trump can return to the Oval Office.

For Morocco, the decision to smash US demands for secondary sanctions is a geopolitical colossus in itself and has shed light on a timid monarch who is now leading a cause on behalf of the continent. But it’s less bad for GCC states to keep oil prices high and more about trying to help poor Moroccans cope with a new world order, climate change and drought, which are, well course, all related.

The king moved past weaknesses and stupid gestures and continued the deal with Russia because it makes sense in the years to come to tackle these issues head-on, providing water for his own people and a cheaper energy. It is also a good idea to become more energetically independent in order to keep your distance from future energy disputes that may arise.

The message to many African countries will be heard by Washington, weakening Joe Biden’s reputation with his country’s voters who see anything he touches outside of America blowing up in his face like a good party trick. market, leaving most Americans confused about America’s goals. around the world.

That Morocco is the first to break the house rules and set an example for many African countries that respect it and its monarch is a big deal. The king, it seems, is fed up with the games the West is playing.

France is preventing Moroccans from entering the Republic, the EU is doing little or nothing to help Rabat resolve its issues with Algeria, and Macron’s latest “Community EU” conference didn’t even invite Moroccans there.

So much for the privileged relationships when in reality, they are not worth the press releases on which they are written. The King of Morocco set the example, and many others will follow in Africa.

The previous months of a frosty relationship with Moscow are a thing of the past as Russia is now seen as a valuable partner and with which even Rabat can negotiate, regarding Algeria’s position in the disputed territory of Western Sahara – a initiative that the EU and the United States could ‘ I do not even succeed when the occasion calls for it and tensions reach a fever pitch.

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