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The US strategy of economic sanctions against Russia is designed to create a “permanent war zone” in that region and cause chaos in the Russian economy, a geopolitical analyst in Europe says.

“When we are looking at the strategy of the US towards Russia, it is to force Russia to capitulate,” said Joaquin Flores, director of the Center for Syncretic Studies in Belgrade, Serbia.

“Ultimately, one thing they would like to do is to create a permanent war zone or a permanent area of armed conflict right in its historical sphere of influence,” Flores said.

The US is also looking to “create chaos within its economic system which is aimed at getting different elements of the elites in economic power circles in Russia to turn against the government and to side with the US interest,” he indicated.

US President Barack Obama signed a new Russian sanctions bill into law over the crisis in Ukraine.

Ties between United States and Russia have deteriorated over the crisis in Ukraine. The US and its allies accuse Moscow of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian forces. Russia, however, denies the accusation.

Tensions between Washington and Moscow began to escalate in April after the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea seceded from Ukraine and reunited with the Russian Federation following a referendum a month earlier.

“The US has increased its bellicosity, it is on a war footing and it is definitely trying to create the sense in the international community and within the military-industrial-complex that war is on the horizon,” Flores concluded.

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