Having already made it clear that any sanctions would be met with retaliation, IFX reports that Russian Commissioner Foreign Ministry on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov exclaimed that “any anti-Russian sanctions are futile and counter-productive.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that Russia has no alternative than to make a proportional response, adding in a call with reporters that Moscow “doubted the effectiveness of the measures as the current U.S. presidential administration was stepping down in three weeks” while Duma Foreign Affairs head Slutsky slammed U.S. sanctions as “signs of real paranoia.”
Slutsky added that “without any grounds for it another round of extremely aggressive steps towards our country are being made basing only on mere assertions.”
Although the Obama administration is on its way out, Thursday’s announcement has “shown its real face,” said Andrei Krasov, first deputy head of Russia’s State Duma Defense Committee. He questioned U.S. intentions behind the sanctions and suggest the new measures could weaken “actions against the international terrorism in Syria.”
Some reactions via IFX (Google Translate)
US anti-Russian sanctions are counterproductive and are intended to cause damage including the future of the process of restoring bilateral relations, said Commissioner Foreign Ministry on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov, via “Interfax” .
“Any anti-Russian sanctions are futile and counter-productive,” he said. “I can only reconfirm that this hysteria demonstrates the complete lack of orientation by the outgoing US administration,” said the Russian diplomat
“Such unilateral steps are pursuing the aim of damage relations and complicate their recovery in the future“, – he said.
Additionally, AP reports, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says Moscow regrets the new sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russia on Thursday and is considering retaliatory steps.
Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that the measures signal Obama’s “unpredictable” and “aggressive foreign policy.”
Peskov says “Such steps of the U.S. administration that has three weeks left to work are aimed at two things: to further harm Russian-American ties, which are at a low point as it is, as well as, obviously, deal a blow on the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the president-elect.”
“As it said before, we consider this decision and these sanctions unjustified and illegal under international law,” the presidential spokesman added.
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