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U.S. sanctions against Russia have unexpectedly produced a number of positive consequences for Moscow, according to legendary investor Jim Rogers.
You see, when former President Barack Obama instituted the sanctions back in 2014, they were designed in conjunction with Europe to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for his annexations of Crimea and backing rebels in eastern Ukraine.
"It's not the first time that history has changed by some foolish bureaucratic mistakes," said Rogers to Sputnik News on June 2. "America is shooting itself in the foot, making agriculture in Russia boom."
This result is permanent and will have lasting effects on the United States, according to Rogers. "Once the farmers learn how to do it – they will continue."
Indeed, agriculture has overtaken arms sales to become Russia's second-biggest export sector next to oil and gas, reported The Financial Times on April 19. In fact, Russia is now the world's biggest exporter of grains – all thanks to the U.S. sanctions, according to Rogers.
"In many ways the sanctions against Russia have helped Russia. It has made Russia an agricultural boom. It is a very, very strong growth industry right now," said Rogers.
"There are many unintended consequences that are good for Russia and bad for America."
And one of these consequences – perhaps the most important – is one we've warned you about before…
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"[The sanctions] are pushing the Russians and the Chinese together," warned Rogers. "When you come to Moscow or St. Petersburg airport now the Chinese are everywhere."
We've been meticulously following the close relationship between China and Russia for years.
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"China and Russia have had enough of Western central bankers' clandestine gold price manipulation to prop up the U.S. dollar," we said in 2015, shortly after the sanctions were imposed. "Creation of a new gold market is just one way China and Russia aim to take down the U.S. dollar."
And now, with the rise of Russia's economy, they are closer than ever to doing just that.
If this gold-based trade expands to other large nations, it could cause a rush to safe-haven investments like the yellow metal.
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