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Kremlin hopes sanction threats against Russia will remain "empty talk"

December 08, 2016, 13:13 UTC+3

There should be no pauses in the talks on the situation in Syria’s Aleppo but now there are more questions than answers, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said

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MOSCOW, December 8. /TASS/. The Kremlin hopes that common sense will prevail in the western countries and the threats of taking more sanctions against Russia will never materialize.

"It is to be hoped that common sense will ultimately prevail and in reality these speculations (about more western sanctions) will remain empty talk," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media.

The Kremlin could not but regret the continuing sanctions-related rhetoric.

"Also regrettable is the reluctance and unpreparedness of our western partners to realize the gist of the ongoing processes," he said.

Peskov described western statements as "an attempt to substitute its inability and unpreparedness to contribute to Syrian settlement with groundless sanction threats."

"Instead of facilitating further progress along the Syrian settlement track our partners have in fact done nothing effective. They have merely continued a policy of more threats to impose some more absurd sanctions," Peskov said.

On Aleppo talks

Talks on the situation in Syria’s Aleppo must not take pause but now there are more questions than answers, according to Peskov.

"Any pauses in this process (talks on situation in Aleppo) are absolutely unacceptable, that’s why the work is underway," Peskov said. "Still, there are more questions than answers."

"No doubt, we called and keep calling for continuing the contacts," the Kremlin spokesman said. "The contacts are at the level of foreign ministers in the context of understanding expressed by the presidents of two countries when they had a brief conversation in Lima (at APEC summit in November)."

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