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SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, November 29 /TASS/. Ruslan Balbek, Crimea’s former vice-premier and a Russian State Duma deputy, said that the new wave of sanctions, which Canada slapped on Crimean deputies, was a move designed to please Washington.
"The fact that Canadian leaders decided to draw up a new sanctions list for Russian nationals is their pro-American business. I am not going to sue them in court or beg them to lift the restrictions," Balbek, whom Canada put on its new list, told TASS on Tuesday.
The MP said that he had no bank accounts or real estate in foreign countries, including Canada. "My whole life and work are focused on Russia. I have little interest in what is located outside Russia, especially if it is located overseas," Balbek elaborated.
He said that Canada’s decision to slap sanctions on him and other Crimean parliamentarians in the Russian State Duma did not come as a surprise. "The fact that I have been included in another sanctions list is of no importance for the citizens of Russia. It is not going to distract me from my work as a State Duma MP; fulfilling my duties and promises," the Crimean representative said.
The Canadian government placed another 15 Russians, including six Crimean deputies in the Russian State Duma, to its sanctions list because of Russia’s policy in Ukraine. Canada’s Foreign Minister Stephane Dion explained that the restrictions had been imposed on the individuals whom Canada deemed responsible for the ongoing crisis and in response to the September 18 elections to the Russian State Duma, which also took place in Crimea. Canada considers Crimea’s elections to the Russian State Duma to be illegitimate.
Canada’s sanctions imposed on 15 Russians and the Bundestag’s (German parliament) sanctions rhetoric over Russia’s involvement in Syria are laying bare the agony of the West’s non-constructive policy, Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Russian Federation Council (parliament’s upper house), told journalists on Tuesday.
"I believe that it resembles something more like agony, which is bound to end soon and will be followed by a gradual restoration of normal relations with the European Union, the United States and other states," Matviyenko explained.
"I am confident that there will be no new spiral of the anti-Russian and Russophobic campaign, firstly, for the reason that everybody has run out of steam; secondly, because the world community is becoming increasingly aware of the destructiveness and the roadblocks such decisions lead to," the speaker added.
Matviyenko also noted that more and more countries were opposing that non-constructive policy and favored the restoration of normal relations with Russia. "I believe that this trend will be gaining ground," the Federation Council speaker stressed.
It is going to be hard but there are all preconditions to end the crisis, Matviyenko concluded.