U.S. Department of Commerce: Washington will continue its policy of sanctions against Russia

U.S. Department of Commerce: Washington will continue its policy of sanctions against Russia


U.S. sanctions and the European Union against Russia were “a necessary response to the chosen of Russia’s irresponsible foreign policy,” said the Deputy head of the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to him, Moscow would not allow their neighbors to make choices “without outside pressure”.

MOSCOW, 28 Oct. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews said that Washington together with its partners will continue the policy of sanctions against Russia.

Andrews reiterated Washington’s position that “the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and our international partners, is a necessary response to the chosen of Russia’s irresponsible foreign policy”.

“Our goal is to achieve a change in Russian politics that would enable Russia’s neighbors to make their own — without outside pressure — the choice of the foreign and domestic policy. Until this happens, we together with our partners will continue to pursue a policy of sanctions,” — said the Deputy Minister during the annual meeting of the American-Russian business Council, the text of which is published on the website of the U.S. Embassy.

According to him, the United States continues to believe that “a strong and prosperous Russia being a constructive member of the international community and working on the maintenance of the international rule of law that best meets our interests.” That is why, as the Minister mentioned, for 25 years Washington has sought to deepen integration, “promoting trade and investment, and supporting the accession of Russia to international organizations”.

He also laid on Russia responsible for the current state of economic relations between Moscow and Washington. “However, over the past two years, Russian leaders have made it clear that no longer accept important mutually beneficial norms and institutions, which Russia and the West jointly approved by the end of the cold war… I want to say straight: the current state of our economic relations is a direct result of Russia’s actions”, — he said.

Earlier, Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Washington grabs “cudgel of sanctions” at every opportunity. In the U.S., in his opinion, came to the conclusion that this instrument was “the least costly and maximum efficiency”.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the U.S. announced sanctions against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia in August 2014 restricted imports of food products from countries that have imposed sanctions against her. At the end of June 2015, in response to extension of sanctions imposed by the Russian authorities decided to extend the food embargo until 5 August 2016.