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Cri-me-a-blues: Sanctimonious sanctions on Russia are damaging the EU, so why renew them?

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‘Understand and not judge’ was the philosophy of the legendary Belgian crime writer Georges Simenon and it’s his objectivity and lack of sanctimony which arguably makes his Inspector Maigret novels so refreshing to read in an age when everyone seems so opinionated and keen to virtue-signal.

It’s a pity that those behind the decision to extend some sanctions on Russia for another six months because of “a lack of Minsk Agreements implementation” and others for a further one year on account of Russia’s “annexation” of Crimea, didn’t read Simenon before they made their call.

Instead of applying common sense and doing what is best for European economies, EU leaders are doing the opposite to what Simenon recommended. They are judging and not understanding.

The rationale behind the sanctions is punishment for Russia for ‘annexing’ Crimea. Which brings to mind another wise aphorism, this time from Friedrich Nietzsche: “Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful”.

When it comes to the turmoil in Ukraine context is everything. We’re expected to see what’s going on there only in close-up, to zoom-in on Russia’s ‘annexation’ of the Crimea and not see the bigger picture.

It is a simple truth that Crimea would not have been reclaimed by Russia, and there would have been no separatist movement in the east of Ukraine, had there been no........

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