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US Ambassador to the UN calls to keep anti-Russia sanctions
08:37, 18 January 2017
US Ambassador to the UN calls to keep anti-Russia sanctions

Samantha Power called Russia a threat and said that relaxing sanctions will only encourage it to act the same way

08:37, 18 January 2017

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Russia uses a strategy of denial and deception to escape responsibility for their deeds in the world. This was stated by the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power in her final speech at the forum, organized by the Atlantic Council of the United States.

"For years, we have seen Russia take one aggressive and destabilizing action after another," she said.

"We saw it in March 2014 – not long after mass peaceful protests in Ukraine brought to power a government that favored closer ties with Europe – when Russia dispatched its soldiers to the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. The “little green men,” as they came to be called – for Russia denied any ties to them – rammed through a referendum at the barrel of a gun, which Mr. Putin then used to justify his sham annexation of Crimea.We saw it months later in eastern Ukraine, where Russia armed, trained, and fought alongside separatists.We saw it also in Russia’s support for Bashar al-Assad’s brutal war in Syria," she added.

US has maintain the sanctions placed on Russia, including those imposed by President Obama in response to Russia’s meddling in our election, according to her.

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"Now, some have argued that the most effective way to get Russia to start playing by the rules that undergird the international order is actually by easing sanctions. If only we reduce the pressure, they claim, Russia will stop lashing out against the international order. But they have it backwards: easing punitive measures on the Russian Government when they haven’t changed their behavior will only embolden Russia – sending the message that the best way to gain international acceptance of its destabilizing actions is simply to wait us out. And that will not only encourage more dangerous actions by Russia, but also by other rule-breakers like Iran and North Korea, which are constantly testing how far they can move the line without triggering a response," she said.

Earlier it was reported that US Congress wants to strike at Russian oil and gas sector by general economic sanctions as a measure of peace enforcement. Ten US senators, including Republican John McCain and Democrat Ben Cardin, have prepared a draft law "Act of 2017 on combating the hostile behavior of Russia." Senators offer not to be limited by existing anti-Russian sanctions against certain companies and individuals, but move to the general economic sanctions in response to a Russian cyber attacks against the US and aggressive policy against sovereign states.

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