The French Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, said this morning that France will wage economic war against Russia and collapse its economy. Of course, this statement of hostile "war" intent, now gives Russia total freedom to wage actual war against France, and smash its economy . . . by smashing the country itself. When Paris gets nuked, you can point the finger at Bruno Le Mair.
The attempt to deliberately ruin a country is itself an Act of War.
More information if and when it becomes available.
UPDATE 8:18 AM EST --
And here it is . . .
Today, some French minister has said that they declared an economic war on Russia. Watch your tongue, gentlemen! And don’t forget that in human history, economic wars quite often turned into real ones— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) March 1, 2022
Russia says it won't yield to sanctions pressure over Ukraine "They are counting on forcing us to change our position. This is out of the question." - Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov "This is impossible... If they want to punish us for something, we can’t do anything about that. Let them punish. We don’t have assets in the west. Punish all you want, not a big deal." he continued.
UPDATE 9:16 AM EST --
Yesterday's blazing headlines about European countries deciding to "give" fighter jets to Ukraine, to be based at an airfield in Poland, has completely fallen apart. As of this morning, NO country will be giving ANY fighter jets!
It's official - Europe won't transfer fighter planes to Ukraine. Poland decided not to, and Slovakian defense ministry spokesperson confirms to me just now: “Slovakia will not provide fighter jets to Ukraine." Yesterday, shortly after the spectacular claim by Ukraine, one of the countries, Bulgaria, flatly denied it saying they don't have enough planes to defend their own country, never mind giving some to another country.
So once again, a spectacular claim by Ukrainian officials turns out to be an outright lie.
UKRAINE'S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS "KYIV READY TO TALK TO RUSSIA TO SEEK SOLUTIONS BUT WON'T JUST FOLLOW RUSSIAN ULTIMATUMS" As if he has a choice!
He does not, because Russia has no interest in negotiations. They want Western influence out of Ukraine completely. So it doesn't matter what Ukraine's President Zelensky or Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kuleba thinks about it. Either they capitulate, completely and in full, or Russia will make them do so through force.
So far the West has declined any physical involvement. Until that changes they are just a nuisance to Russia's way of seeing this.