Sanctions are an ineffective and impractical instrument as they always have unintended consequences that negatively impact the countries that impose them, investor and author of Planet Ponzi Mitchell Feierstein said in an exclusive interview with RT.
Talking about the US and UK’s latest ban on transactions involving Russian gold reserves, he said it is impossible to sanction the Russian Central Bank’s gold. Firstly, because the Russian Central Bank is a buyer of gold, not a seller. Secondly, the ‘refining’ process to produce gold bars or coins is easily replicated. “Russian” gold can easily be melted – taken to another refiner, assayed and molded into bars and re-sold, he said.
“Exchanges and markets do not specify where gold ore was mined or refined, nor do they care. Proving this would be impossible. The buyer’s only demand is that the minimum assay certificate confirms .995 purity and the exact weight.”
Feierstein also noted that all gold sanctions may and will be easily bypassed while central banks, including the Russian one, have a so-called “sovereign immunity.”
“Gold has been a currency for more than 6,000 years, and it always will be,” said Feierstein.
“Accordingly, since 2013, I have been predicting how the West’s debt and confidence crisis, that began in 2008, would cause the end of the US dollar hegemony. China, Russia, or India will launch a new currency backed and exchangeable for gold, silver, oil, or wheat,” he said, adding: “At that point, fiat currencies will become worthless, and the USD will lose its reserve status.”