“Washington is a source of risk”: Russia’s reaction to the new draft of U.S. sanctions

“Washington is a source of risk”: Russia’s reaction to the new draft of U.S. sanctions


July 25, the House of representatives of the U.S. Congress a draft law that provides for tougher unilateral American sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. If the document is approved by the Senate, it will be on the Desk of the President of the United States. While the White house within a few days reports that trump is willing to sign the bill. The reaction of Russian politicians on the possible introduction of new US sanctions against Russia – in the article TASS.

“Completely unbelted and do not know restraint in his rage”

Moscow sees Washington as a source of danger and acts on that understanding, he said in exclusive comments to TASS, the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov.

“Washington – a source of danger, – said Ryabkov. Is the need to understand and act in accordance with this understanding: carefully, wisely, gently, quietly, without emotion. Such actions and we will be ready”.

Ryabkov noted that Moscow stands ready to dialogue with Washington on many significant for both countries, but for U.S. policy opportunities for interaction becomes smaller.

“We will persistently and consistently look for ways for effective dialogue and cooperation,” he said.

“It is clear that as the tightening of such manifestations of negativity toward Russia and attempts at completely contrived, invented, invented pretexts to apply some measures of influence on us, as we continue this policy, opportunities for productive work are converging,” said Ryabkov.

“This is an obvious deliberate choice by the enemies of Russia, – said the diplomat. – A lot of them, they are completely unbelted and do not know restraint in his rage, they have no brakes.”

“Accordingly, we will perceive today’s America,” – said the Deputy head of the foreign Ministry.

Ryabkov called the US action step to the destruction of prospects for the normalization of relations with Moscow.

“What is happening does not fit into the framework of common sense, he said. The authors and sponsors of this bill make a very serious step towards the destruction of prospects for the normalization of relations with Russia do not hide that this is their goal.”

“The other side of this ugly coin – the desire to the maximum in all directions to limit the ability for the Executive branch of the United States to develop relations with Russia and with other countries, which are “objects” of the bill,” added Ryabkov.

The Deputy Minister called the vote expected and expressed the opinion that the bill on sanctions will quickly get approval in the Senate of the U.S. Congress.

“Yesterday’s vote in the House of representatives [of Congress] the bill received the odious name of the “Act on countering hostile countries through sanctions” brought the expected result – an overwhelming majority of votes the bill passed and now goes for consideration in the upper house of Congress – in the Senate, he said. – I think that there the bill will go through the necessary approval procedure is quite fast and will soon be on the table of the President of the United States”.

Thus, according to Ryabkov, the Russian Federation has repeatedly sent a signal to the US about a possible response to anti-Russian sanctions and hopes that it reached the addressee in Washington

“Many times told that no response to these actions will not remain, – he said. – I think that with all the reluctance inherent in today’s Washington, D.C., to listen and hear anyone but himself, still our message out there the figures reached.”

At the same time Moscow “beyond emotions” and will continue to seek forms for productive dialogue with the United States, said Ryabkov. He noted that this bill “was the product and consequence of acute political struggle in the United States.”

However, according to him, “it’s not about personalities”.

“This is a clear encroachment on the prerogatives of the any administration in Washington, he said. And the way to make change for the better what is now being done in Congress, was very difficult.”

“Obviously, this is the choice of those who sets the political tone in today’s Washington,” he added.

“We all see it and emotions can not be, – assured the Deputy head of the Russian foreign Ministry. Well, the history knows different periods: on the planet are freezing, there are periods of thaw…”

“We will work on finding ways to move forward, persistently, consistently look for ways to compromise on issues that are significant for Russia, and I think for US, – said Ryabkov. – These issues are: terrorism, proliferation of WMD [weapons of mass destruction] and so forth.”

“That much, and we cooperation ready,” he added.

However, as noted by the Deputy Minister, as attempts to use sanctions against Moscow “under false pretenses”, the opportunity for dialogue with Russia narrowed.

“Painful response”

According to the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, the further degradation of the cooperation between Russia and the United States is inevitable, necessary response, which will be painful for Washington.

“Judging by the solid vote in the House of representatives on a sanctions package against Russia, Iran and North Korea, will not only breakthrough, but also the normalization. Moreover, further degradation of the bilateral cooperation is inevitable, although further seems to have nowhere to go,” – he wrote on his page in Facebook.

“Our official reaction has to be followed to come into force a law (which, alas, there is no doubt, but still),” – said Kosachev. In his opinion, the reaction of Russia should be “not symmetric, but painful for the Americans.” The Senator noted that such a state of bilateral relations for a long time, therefore, the Russian Federation should continue to build relations with the rest of the world.

“Light a wedge on the United States definitely did not agree,” – he said.

In addition, Kosachev expressed the opinion that Russia is necessary to hold consultations with the European Union in connection with the tightening of sanctions. “The illusion should not be – our allies, they will not, but once hurt their own economic interests, at least a temporary misalliance can get,” he says.

The head of the Committee also noted that Russia should focus on internal development, become self-sufficient, “not slipping into isolation”.

“Because without all of us and will always try to speak in an equal and down” – he concluded.

“The world may be entering a new cold war”

The tightening of the unilateral American sanctions may start a new cold war, said Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich.

“Unfortunately, I have to admit that the world may be entering a new cold war”, – said the Senator.

He compared the bill with the “infamous” amendment of Jackson-Vanik.

“This law on the strength of its negative impact on the relations between our two countries can be compared with the notorious amendment of Jackson-Vanik amendment of 1974, which restricted trade with countries that violate, in the opinion of the United States, human rights. The amendment in relation to Russia was officially abolished by Congress, only 38 years later – November 21, 2012” – quoted Klintsevich his press service.

According to the Senator, in the case of the introduction of the bill into force Russian-the American relations will be hampered.

“I think that now makes no sense to say, what exactly would our response to the new sanctions against Russia. One thing is clear: in the case of entry into force of this law – and the President of the United States understands that Russian-American cooperation in addressing critical international problems, including the fight against international terrorism will be extremely difficult, if not impossible,” – said Klintsevich.

“Anti-Russian flywheel”

The bill seriously complicates the possibilities for restoration of Russian-American relations, said 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.

“Legislative ping pong”

In turn, Deputy Secretary of the General Council of the party “United Russia”, member of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Sergei Zheleznyak said that the extension of sanctions will not remain unanswered not only from Russia but also the European Union.

“In the case of entry into force of the new American law on anti-Russian sanctions should expect a sharp response not only in Russia but also in Europe,” the MP said, quoted by his press service.

According to ore, “the European Union is in the position of economic hostages, which the United States is actually threatened with loss of positions in the field of energy, which will result in major financial losses for European companies.”

“It is no doubt that U.S. sanctions against the energy sector is nothing like unfair competition, lobbied in the Senate and the Congress,” – said the politician.

Zheleznyak also said that “approval in the US house of representatives bill on new sanctions against Russia was not surprising”.

“This “legislative ping pong” shows that rabid Russophobes in his hysteria did not stop even before limiting the powers of their own President.

Opponents of the President of the United States, which have constant pressure and are looking for new ways to deprive trump of the presidency, in his fit of ready to embroil Washington even with the European Union”, – the Deputy believes.

“Boomerang has returned to the threshold of the Europeans”

Developing new anti-Russian sanctions of the USA can be considered a boomerang for the EU, said on Wednesday Russia’s permanent representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov.

“They really turn against the interests of not only American business, but also to a large extent against the European business, which is involved in joint projects with Russia”, – said the diplomat TV channel “Russia 24”.

“I can only conclude that the European Union is reaping the fruits of the route followed by Washington in the Wake of the sanctions policy in the last three years. We can assume that a boomerang now returned to the threshold of the Europeans,” – said Chizhov. “Now accumulative effect of this boomerang will hit far more Europeans,” he says.

The permanent representative drew attention to the fact that the text of the American bill States that “this law is aimed at countering Russian influence in Europe and in Asia.” Chizhov in this regard, noted that “influence is not only negative, but also positive.”

He said anti-Russian sanctions of the USA can not only turn into a problem for European businesses, but also to harm us.

“They really turn against the interests of not only American business, but also to a large extent against the European business, which is involved in joint projects with Russia”, – he said on Wednesday on air of TV channel “Russia 24”.

“Bash on bash – it will be wrong”

Possible responses by Russia to sanction the US actions must not harm Russian interests and to be asymmetrical, the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev.

“Personally, I am convinced that I do not consider myself an expert in Russian-American relations, but if we get into some symmetric game – bash to bash – it will be wrong, will not meet our national interests and our capabilities,” – said Kosachev.

He noted that is “a strong supporter of asymmetric response in this case.” “I’m the symmetry is ready to welcome only in terms of our responses to the expulsion of Russian diplomats and the arrest of Russian real estate. I believe that in these cases the symmetric answer came,” – said Kosachev.

In all other respects, with regard to trade, economic, scientific-technical cooperation, cooperation on major issues of our time, the settlement of regional conflicts, counterterrorism and other subjects, “we must select those areas of our response, which, firstly, will not affect our own interests, and secondly, will be painful for Americans,” said the Senator. “They should not be of a symbolic nature, the nature of the demonstration plans. These measures should be determined by experts,” – said Kosachev.

He also noted, is not worth it “fuss” with the responses, as in the United States the relevant law on sanctions has not yet been adopted. “It is clear that this term is significantly high. Whether it will trump, I think he would not have signed, but he is now demoralized and virtually devoid of political will or, in any case, is limited in its manifestation. My prediction is that it this law will be signed and enter into force, but our official response should appear only on the law,” – said the Senator.

Kosachev stressed that the response must be, because “we can’t remain silent – too embarrassing, unreasonable and unlawful is the substance of the law.”

 

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