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Russia slams extended US sanctions as illegal, harmful to world

Press TV – March 3, 2018

Russia has slammed US sanctions against the country as illegal and harmful to the world after Washington extended embargoes against Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis.

“We have never been the initiator of these sanctions, we consider them illegal and harmful not just to the people of our two countries but the whole world,” Interfax news agency quoted Russian presidential press spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Saturday.

The remarks came a day after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to extend sanctions against Moscow, which have been in place since the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea rejoined Russia in 2014.

Ties between the US and Russia have plummeted to levels not seen since the Cold War due to the two powers’ disputes over the crises in Ukraine and Syria and after US officials accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

On Friday, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said the US was planning to deploy some 400 anti-ballistic missiles on Russia’s doorstep as part of its military buildup in Eastern Europe.

Last year, the US for the first time deployed Patriot long-range anti-aircraft missiles to the Baltics to be used in large-scale NATO military drills in Lithuania near Russia’s border.

The armed conflict in Ukraine broke out following the ouster of pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 and intensified after people in Crimea voted for reunification with the Russian Federation in a referendum held in March 2014.

The US and its allies in Europe brand the reunification as annexation of the territory by Russia, accusing Moscow of having a major hand in the crisis in eastern Ukraine, an allegation strongly rejected by the Kremlin.

Western countries have levied broad economic sanctions against Moscow over its alleged support for pro-Russia separatist forces in eastern Ukraine and Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

In late 2016, Washington alleged that Russia had influenced the US presidential election in November that year to help Donald Trump get elected, an allegation that Russia strongly denied.

Russia and the US are also at odds over the Syrian crisis, as they are backing opposite sides in the conflict.

Russia has been offering military advisory support to the Syrian government in its battle against extremist militants, while the US and its allies back the Takfiri militants fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

March 3, 2018 - Posted by | Economics | , ,


  1. It’s just a damned shame that the “United” Nations is so toothless and useless. I suppose that the UNGA Resolution 181, Palestine Partition Plan, November 2, 1947, was the earliest harbinger of an organization that serves not justice and even-handed adjudication of festering issues that might be resolved by good will and objective, law- and convention-based diplomacy but special interests, greed, power, and all the accoutrements of *divisive* action instead of “united” action.

    Comment by roberthstiver | March 3, 2018 | Reply

  2. What’s the difference between U.S. Sanctions against Russia, or the BDS movement against Israel? They’re both basically the same thing, ie Financial pressure supposedly to bring about a satisfactory outcome, yet, one is “good”, and the other is apparently “bad”
    Just More HYPOCRISY from the American Government……..and the AIPAC paid and owned members of the USA Congress.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | March 3, 2018 | Reply

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