To shield big banks like Sberbank and VTB from threat of sanctions, Russia uses “expendable" entities to engage in commerce with countries America considers rogue e.g. State-backed Promsvyazbank PJSC is used for trade in arms.
#UPDATE Lawmakers in Russia's lower house State #Duma on Thursday unanimously approved a sweeping constitutional reform bill put forward by President Vladimir Putin in its first reading, after less than two hours of debate
Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! What goes around, comes around!
Russia is NOT a rising power They are our 30th largest trading partner - BEHIND UAE & Chile They remain in a state of financial crisis since 2014 - household income declining -major funding shortfalls in education & healthcare - exacerbated by the recession