Talked to a guy in Russia he says sanctions are hurting there economy should we lift them off
Yes, because we should be improving relations with Russia not damaging them.
That's the point of economic sanctions...
Oh definitely. Haven't you heard about tensions in the pacific? Economic sanctions are a typical way to make a country do what you want without going to war
Well, that and the fact that Putin and his oligarchs embezzle tons of money, they only really produce weapons and gas/oil, and they have a history of rejecting western ideas (like democracy and free markets) since the 14th century. Add in the fact they are very oppressed and aren't allowed/don't know the same basic freedoms we have.
Actually the latest economic data shows the numbers have actually got better! I just saw them last week. I wish I remembered the details but they said there's a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
What do you think we should do?