Joe Biden Tries To Play Hardball Against Russia

Michael F. Hiatt /

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a mess of his country. The war he is responsible for starting has destroyed his reputation, his nation’s financial future, and any respect people may have had for the man. Not many people want to associate with Putin or Russia because of the horrible crimes they are committing in Ukraine. And any nation willing to associate with him is coming under scrutiny by western powers.

President Joe Biden acts like he is stunned to know that Russia is finding ways around the sanctions placed on them because of the war. Biden’s reluctance to live in the real world causes him a lot of alarm when things fail to go his way. But the facts prove that Putin is using other nations to keep the money flowing into Russia.

Russia found a way around the financial stranglehold that Biden tried to put on his wallet. Putin moved his business transactions to others willing to continue to buy and sell with Russia. U.S. officials sent Turkey’s business association a letter that threatened sanctions on the country if businesses continue to aid Russia through such transactions.

International Business Times reports, “Washington is growing increasingly alarmed that the Russian government and businesses are using Turkey to evade Western financial and trading restrictions imposed in response to the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine six months ago.”

The great awakening in Washington is that the Democrats realize they are not in control of everything like they love to think they are. The fake utopia they like to try and live in does not exist. And the longer they live in a made-up reality, the more America will suffer and be laughed at by its enemies.

Putin reached out to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an attempt to make a deal for economic support. Both leaders agreed to increase trade deals between both nations by 50 percent. The data collected by top officials show that exports from Turkey to Russia had increased by 50 percent.

Russia’s currency was slated to dive because no one wanted to take the risk and deal with the ruble. But Putin got Turkey to start paying for natural gas and oil in the Russian currency. Putin found a way to give value to his nation’s preferred currency. Western attempts to destroy the ruble’s value have failed just like every other idea Joe Biden has come up with.

The sad reality is that Joe Biden’s best efforts to support Ukraine are failing. He may send a lot of money to their military, but his attempts at dealing with Russia have failed. The old man is unwilling to do more to try to end the fighting in the east.

Joe Biden even sent his U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo to Turkey to try to voice his concerns over Turkey’s support of Russia. The visit was nothing more than a last-ditch effort to try to convince Turkey to stop transacting with Russia before sanctions were placed on the Turkish people.

The Turkish government considers itself a neutral power in the ongoing conflict. But their willingness to do business with a nation that has committed horrible crimes against innocent people aligns them with Russia. They have chosen their side by default.

The Turkish business association mentioned that the letter sent to them by the United States was passed along to higher powers. They are shifting the issue to give them time to mount a reasonable response.

The International Business Times also reported that the letter mentioned that “Any individuals or entities providing material support to US-designated persons are themselves at risk of U.S. sanctions. Turkish banks cannot expect to establish corresponding relationships with sanctioned Russian banks and retain their corresponding relationships with major global banks as well as access to the U.S. dollar and other major currencies.”

Turkish leaders believe standing up to Russia would hurt their economy the most, and they are unwilling to take that chance. They would rather alienate themselves from the rest of the world than stand up for what is right.