Slutsky: the extension of sanctions against Russia undermines the possibility of restoring relations with US

Slutsky: the extension of sanctions against Russia undermines the possibility of restoring relations with US


MOSCOW, July 26. /TASS/. A bill to expand sanctions against Russia, the Chamber of representatives of the U.S. Congress, severely complicates the ability to restore the Russian-American relations. This was stated by the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky.

“Of course, the extended restriction undermines the recovery of Russian-American relations, and complicate them even more for the foreseeable future. In this case the possibility of diplomatic maneuvers to interchange Gordian knot in dialogue Russia – the United States reduced to a very small extent”, – said the head of the Committee.

According to him, “these sanctions, in case the bill will be signed by the President of the United States Donald trump, will be the most ambitious and comprehensive, starting in 2014, and may affect not only Russian companies, but other countries that will cooperate with Russia, especially in such a wide sphere of energy”. “And thus the anti-flywheel, launched yet by the Obama administration, will continue to destroy everything in its path,” says Slutsky.

He also noted that “the bill on sanctions aimed not only at deterring Russia but also to curb European partners of the USA”. “It’s explicitly stated goal the promotion of American liquefied natural gas to world markets, which is necessary to remove from them the Russian gas. In Europe this approach is regarded as contrary to all norms of international law that violate the stability and energy security of the continent”, – said the head of the Committee.

“I hope that very soon the European Commission will give an adequate response and will not support dictated from overseas restrictive measures. Brussels, it’s time to pursue their own policies aimed at supporting the national interests of European countries and not dance to the tune of Washington under the guidance of whom to be friends and with whom to trade”, he concluded.

The house of representatives of the U.S. Congress approved Tuesday a bill toughening unilateral American sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. Now this document should be considered by the Senate, it is expected that the upper chamber of Congress will take this bill, which enjoys on Capitol hill broad support as the opposition Democratic and the Republican party. Then the document, called “the Law on counteraction to enemies of America by sanctions”, will be on the Desk of US President Donald trump. The white house has in recent days signaled that trump is ready to sign the bill.

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