MOSCOW, August 9. /TASS/. Russia will be engaged in developing its response to new US sanctions. This was stated on Thursday at a briefing the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“This time as a far-fetched reason selected the story of the poisoning Skrobala (ex-GRU Colonel Sergei and his daughter Julia in Salisbury – approx. TASS). The Russian side has repeatedly warned that the conversation [with Russia] from a position of strength and ultimatums are useless and hopeless, she said. – The Russian side will be engaged in developing responses to yet another unfriendly step of Washington”.
As noted Zakharova, Russia will be based on the nature and volume of new US sanctions and on this basis prepare an appropriate response. “We are talking about response, not about the fantasies of the Russian side, because I really want to ponnette, further complicate the situation in Russian-American relations. Nothing of the sort, she said. – What will be the sanctions measures against Russia, and this will be the response. Measures will be developed based on the actions that will take us”.
“The measures will make decisions on the basis that this time will think of us lawmakers and political lobbyists, noted Zakharov. It’s very simple. Do nothing [US] – nothing is going to do something, we answer, you come up with something extra – we will respond in the same spirit. The rules of the game has not been canceled”.
The diplomat stressed that it is not Russia’s choice.
Zakharova also expressed the view that the US and UK are playing a double game, playing anti-Russian card in the “case Skrypalia” to toughen sanctions against Russia. “We see that the sanctions policy is a horse of a whole industry of political lobbyists in Washington. And the thing about “Beginner”, and so-called case Skrobala podderzhivayutsya here to this here a sanctions machine. Accordingly, it is possible to talk about a classic collusion between the US and the UK, among political elites who have the ability to influence this situation,” she said.
“We see that there is a double game between the United States and great Britain, which cast the story, that the provocation with the “Newbie”. In my opinion, it is obvious,” – said the official representative of the foreign Ministry.
According to Zakharova, Russia does not accept the proposed United States requirements for the removal of restrictive measures. “As a condition for lifting the sanctions the US put forward obviously unacceptable to us demands, and this is the first step. We are threatened by further increasing the sanctions pressure, – said Zakharov. Thus, the United States consciously go towards further aggravation of bilateral relations, which, in fact, so reduced their efforts to almost zero”.
“Instead of having to seek ways of improving bilateral ties, as discussed at the Russian-American summit in Helsinki on July 16, the U.S. administration has thrown all its efforts to further complicate the situation, the diplomat said. – Calculation of those behind another round of unwinding of the “business Skrypalia”, is obvious: they try every hook and crook to keep it afloat this is beneficial for their anti-Russian theme as a tool of demonization of Russia.”
According to her, against this background, it is strange looking statements about U.S. willingness to continue its efforts to improve relations with Russia. “It’s blatant hypocrisy. The works of Washington suggest otherwise,” said Zakharov.