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Russia calls U.S. sanctions due to aggression against Ukraine “racketeering”

Kremlin does not agree on the U.S. sanctions
17:18, 14 February 2019

CNN

Spokesperson of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov called the new draft sanctions in the response to the Kremlin’s aggression against Ukraine “racketeering” as Interfax reported.

“We see the manifestations of the disease Russophobia, it is slanted Russophobia, absolutely emotional, which is not based on the expert data. Otherwise, there will be no issue about destabilizing role of Russia in Syria in such draft law, instead, the key role of Moscow in the saving of the region from the terrorism will be recognized,” Peskov stated.

According to him, the measures directed at the disruption of different energy projects of Russia, subversion of the activity of the Russian banks with the public involvement “is nothing else but the attempt of the unfair competition”.

Related: Ukraine joins EU decision to sanction nine organizers of "elections" in Donbas

“We do not agree on it, we find it unacceptable, and think that such actions can potentially run counter universally recognized rules of the international trade and have very harmful consequences,” Peskov said.

As we reported the U.S. bipartisan group of senators presented a Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019 to the Senate aimed at enhancement of economic, political and diplomatic pressure upon Russia.

Earlier it was reported that the U.S. sanctions against the Russian Federation will remain in place until Moscow completely abides by the Minsk agreements and gives Crimea back to Ukraine. 

Related: EU, USA work on new anti-Russian sanctions

Besides, Belgium is ready to sign sanctions against the Russian citizens, involved in the attack on Ukrainian military vessels in Kerch Strait and in capturing the crew.

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