Comment by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on new US anti-Russia sanctions

August 22, 2017

Washington has made the same mistake again: on August 22, the US Treasury Department decided to expand the anti-Russia sanction lists, this time in line with the North Korean file. Four Russian citizens and one Russian company now face restrictions.
The US side continues to systematically destroy bilateral relations under a trend set by the Barack Obama administration. This is the fourth such incident since the new team took over the White House.
Against this deplorable backdrop, statements by US representatives about a desire to stabilise bilateral ties sound highly unconvincing. Then again, when the US adopted the well-known anti-Russia law, it also cited the striving to improve our relations as the main motivation.
We have always advocated and will continue to advocate efforts to resolve our existing differences through dialogue. Over the past few years, Washington should have grasped the idea that we consider the language of sanctions to be unacceptable, and that such actions only hamper the resolution of real problems. So far, however, it appears that they have failed to comprehend these obvious truths.
Nevertheless, we are not losing hope that the voice of reason will prevail sooner or later, and that our American colleagues will come to realise the futility and detrimental nature of further sliding down the spiral of sanctions.
In the meantime, we will get down to charting the retaliatory measures that are inevitable in this situation.