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Call to Action in Support of U.S. Business Opportunity in Russia:


 


The impact of events of 2014 in U.S.-Russian relations are effectively


extracting a disproportionate tax on good U.S. businesses engaged in


legitimate business in and with Russia. Council for U.S.-Russia Relations is


hearing from members uniformly that their 2014 sales in Russia are down and


that they are revising downward projections for business in 2015. U.S.


businesses are losing sales opportunities in Russia as a cost of U.S.


foreign policy. The U.S. economic disengagement with Russia manifested in


part by U.S. and western sanctions and subsequent Russian counter sanction


measures disproportionately impacts a relatively small number of U.S.


companies. The actual costs in lost U.S. business opportunities in Russia


are poorly understood but the effective "tax" on the companies impacted is


unfairly high. 


 


 


 





Western sanctions (and Russian counter sanction measures) and the general


downturn in U.S.-Russian relations have cast broad market uncertainty on


transactions between U.S. and Russian companies. The market is being


affected broadly well beyond the letter of sanctions. U.S. companies losing


commercial opportunity with Russia is hurting U.S. businesses and export


sales. While Russia's economy is being hurt, Russian companies will acquire


the goods and services they need. The result of the sanctions and their


broader market impacts is that U.S. companies may lose opportunity in


Russia. The Presidential Administration, members of Congress, and Russia


desk staff at the U.S. State Department, Department of Commerce and the


National Security Council appear to consider commercial re-engagement with


Russia as "rewarding" or "benefiting" Russia. Accordingly, commercial


cooperation re-engagement with Russia is being held up pending some degree


of resolution of the dispute in Eastern Ukraine. This reflects a general


misunderstanding. U.S. commerce with Russia, the fifth largest global


economy in 2013, is foremost of benefit to U.S. companies through export


sales and job creation opportunity. 


 


 


 


Indirect interference in U.S. economic opportunity in Russia as fallout of


U.S. and international foreign policy influence on the Russian Federation is


placing a disproportional financial burden on U.S. companies working with


Russia. Council for U.S.-Russia Relations is asking the U.S. government


recognize the disproportionate costs borne by these U.S. companies in lost


business opportunities in Russia and consider alternative approaches of


influence with the Russian Federation to economic measures, and that these


alternative measures not extract opportunity costs on U.S. companies engaged


in legitimate business transactions with non-sanctioned Russian


counterparts. Using the commercial opportunity of a limited number of U.S.


companies as a foreign policy lever is extracting an unfair and unintended


tax on these businesses.


 


 


 


Council for U.S.-Russia Relations is sharing this message with the


Administration, Departments of Commerce and State, the National Security


Council and members of Congress, and we encourage you to please write your


Congress member and Senator with this same or similar message. They are


otherwise not aware of the implications of the current policy and need to


hear from us all.


 


 


 


Requesting your support:


 


As 2014 comes to a close, Council for U.S.-Russia Relations hopes you can


include us in your annual giving this year. We are facing difficult times in


the fundraising environment and we truly need your personal support.  There


is lots of work to be done in getting our bilateral relations back on track


and your support this year is essential. Please support Council for


U.S.-Russia Relations, a 501-C-3, with your tax deductible contribution in


any amount you choose. All contributions are greatly appreciated. For return


receipt purposes, please include your email or address along with your


check. For information on Council for U.S.-Russia Relations please see:


www.usrussia.org 









Comments

( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
panikowsky
Dec. 7th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Со строками что-то не так.
ad_vocem
Dec. 8th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
Все о деньгах да о деньгах, никакой духовности.
otkaznik
Dec. 8th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
Где имение, где наводнение?
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