Russia reserves 'right to retaliate' against US sanctions
Iran Press TV
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:56AM GMT
Russia has strongly censured the latest package of sanctions against Moscow by the US as blackmail and Washington's revenge for the failure of its agenda in Ukraine, saying Moscow reserves the right to take retaliatory measures.
Moscow believes that America is targeting it with sanctions "because the events in Ukraine have not developed the way Washington scripted them," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
"If Washington intends to ruin the Russian-American relations, it's on their conscience," the ministry said. "We won't tolerate blackmail and reserve the right to retaliate."
"The outrageous and groundless desire to blame Russia for the civil war in a neighboring country, which was caused by a deep internal crisis and already resulted in the loss of many lives, proves that the US and its clients in Kiev have failed to pacify the wide public dissent," the ministry said.
Moscow further said Washington is cynical in its attempts to dodge responsibility for the bloodshed perpetrated by the Ukrainian troops in the east of the country, a move that has reportedly been promoted by US authorities.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also emphasized that the new sanctions announced by the US on Wednesday will not affect Russia's position on Ukraine.
"We've said on many occasions that speaking the language of sanctions to Russia is pointless, regardless of their scale. This path won't lead to any positive outcome," added the ministry's statement.
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