The mentality of Russian citizens has become one of the reasons why Russia has survived in the face of Western sanctions, Japanese journalist Wataru Nakamura wrote in an article published on Yahoo News Japan on January 18.
According to the journalist, economic sanctions have had some impact on Russia, however, the difficulties that “the Japanese imagine” have not arisen.
Nakamura referred to the October IMF survey of economic indicators for countries around the world. It said that the economic growth forecast for Russia was revised towards an increase, unlike in the developed countries of the West, where it was adjusted downwards. The unemployment rate in Russia also remains stable.
An important thing, according to the journalist, is the mentality of Russian citizens. A survey of citizens, especially those over 40 years old, found that the current turmoil is “nothing” compared to the life of the country in the 1990s.
“This is one example that assessing Russia by Western standards is a faulty approach,” the journalist concludes.
Earlier, President Vladimir Putin said that the main goal of the West’s sanctions policy against Russia is to worsen the lives of millions of Russian citizens.
January 17, 2023, speaking at a forum in Davos, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen called the purpose of sanctions the plunge of the Russian economy into recession for decades.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency