Moscow not seen as possible host of Eurovision 2017 song contest - mediaSociety & Culture December 04, 22:22
Et-Tell in Damascus Province fully controlled by Syrian governmentWorld December 04, 21:46
Mirziyoyev campaign office says he is winning presidential elections in UzbekistanWorld December 04, 21:40
Preliminary results of Uzbekistan’s presidential polls to be announced on December 5 - CECWorld December 04, 21:28
Putin expresses condolences over fatal road accident in Khanty-Mansyisk autonomous areaSociety & Culture December 04, 20:20
Emergencies ministry confirms death of 12 people in road accident near Khanty-MansyiskSociety & Culture December 04, 17:04
Fidel Castro buried in Santiago de CubaWorld December 04, 16:50
Cuban revolution in pictures: Early years of Fidel CastroWorld December 04, 16:49
10 people, including 9 children, killed in bus accident near Siberia's Khanty-MansiiskSociety & Culture December 04, 15:32
Speaking at a Russia-Japan forum eyeing points of contact, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Western countries and other Russian partners opting for sanctions had simply backed aggressive U.S. policy. Sanctions broke the hard-won pattern of global economic relations, he said.
“Imposed sanctions triggered violence [in Ukraine] instead of reducing it as the Kiev authorities took them as a reason for boosting their punitive operation in the southeast of the country, resulting in new destruction and numerous casualties,” Naryshkin said.
“It is high time for our partners to use their brains,” Naryshkin said. “Those in power in Washington are hardly capable of that but I believe our other partners should distance themselves from that aggressive policy and think at last that they are sovereign states.”
Parliamentarians were disappointed when Japan imposed sanctions against Russia, he said. “Any unbiased onlooker can clearly see that anti-Russian attacks are now co-ordinated in fact from one center, and this center is separated from Russia and Japan by the ocean.”Russia and Japan knew well how difficult it was to build an atmosphere of trust and how painful a lull in co-operation could be, the speaker said, noting that sanctions are an instrument of open and political blackmail unsupported by judicial or United Nations decisions.
“Sanctions, of course, largely violate and sometimes simply break the pattern of international economic relations that need decades to be shaped,” Naryshkin said. “Negative effects of sanctions hit directly those who were compelled to impose them,” he said.