Comment by the Foreign Ministry on new US sanctions against Russia

December 24, 2016

The second in the past three days extension of US sanctions against Russia at a time when the bloody tragedies in Ankara and Berlin should rally all reasonable people in the fight against the terrorist threat is evidence that Washington has completely lost its grip on reality. On the other hand, we did not expect anything else considering that for the past few years the Obama administration has been busily looking for ways to harm Russia. By doing this, the US administration is also harming the American nation, whose image has been marred by this imprudent policy even in the eyes of those who are completely apolitical.
Instead of reining in their Kiev clients, who have derailed many opportunities for a peaceful settlement in Donbass, Washington has yet again directed its unfounded complaints at Russia. We would like to remind everyone that the referendum in Crimea and Sevastopol was the direct result of the state coup in Ukraine supported by the United States. The decision taken by the people of Crimea and Sevastopol cannot be reversed, no matter how hard some people may try to convince themselves otherwise.
We are also being “punished” for supporting the Syrian Government in its fight against terrorism, which is a threat not only to Syria but also to the rest of the world. It is a fact that the current US administration is willing to support any, even the most destructive forces in its desire to bring about a regime change in Syria. The US administration has protected the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group, which is a unit of al-Qaeda that has staged the most terrible terrorist attacks in US history. The White House seems to have forgotten that under US law providing support to terrorists is a criminal offense.
Sanctions will not force us to change our views. The Russian companies that are cooperating with Crimea, the agrarian, energy and defence companies, Tempbank, which is working with Syrian partners, and other Russian companies sanctioned by the outgoing US administration will continue working as usual. But these sanctions will cast an even more unflattering light on this administration, which will leave a bad memory behind.