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Russia sets no deadlines for retaliatory sanctions — Ryabkov

September 17, 2014, 12:49 UTC+3
"We do not believe that this or that measure should be taken just for the sake of retaliation," Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov says
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Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

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MOSCOW, September 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia sets no deadlines for retaliating against foreign sanctions and is considering everything very carefully, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told ITAR-TASS.

“I cannot add anything to what has been said for the past few days at the top level, at the level of the Russian president and other officials,” Ryabkov said. “We do not make a fuss and see no reason for taking action to meet minimal temporal lags.”

“Also, we do not believe that this or that measure should be taken just for the sake of retaliation. Each time the effects of their introduction, including the effects on our own interests, must be gauged very carefully,” Ryabkov said. “This is an absolutely correct policy and there can be no haste.”

The latest package of European and US sanctions against Russia took effect late last week.

New sanctions vs Russia to be studied

New Canadian sanctions imposed on Russia will be studied, these unacceptable actions will not be left without retaliatory measures, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

Canada has imposed new sanctions on Russia against public savings bank Sberbank and several enterprises on Tuesday.

“We are indignant in particular over the fact that Canadian government pursues such a defiant and demonstrative policy of pressure on Russia,” the diplomat said. “The lack of independence of this policy, its time-serving nature and its purely geopolitical character not related to strengthening of our relations is doubtless,” Ryabkov said.

Ryabkov also noted that by imposing sanctions on Russia, the Canadian authorities seek to create an atmosphere for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s visit. “This is bad as they (sanctions) are exactly the background which (Canadian Prime Minister Stephen) Harper’s rule seeks to create before the Ukrainian president’s visit to Ottawa,” the diplomat said.

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The USA, EU, Canada and Australia have introduced sanctions against Russia over its involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. Infographics by ITAR-TASS
Canada imposes new sanctions on Russia

The sanctions list also included the Mytishchi Machine-Building Plant, the Kalinin Machine-Building Plant (military hardware manufacturers), the Tikhomirov Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Design (developer of weaponry control systems), the Dolgoprudny Research Production Enterprise (air defense system manufacturer) and the Altair Marine Scientific Research Institute of Radioelectronics (missile system and radar developer).

Several Russian individuals are banned from entering Canada, and their assets will be frozen if found in the country. Russian Deputy Defense Ministers Army General Dmitry Bulgakov and Colonel-General Yury Sadovenko, first deputy chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, Central Military District Troops Commander Colonel-General Nikolay Bogdanovsky and Russian Ground Forces Commander Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov are on the sanction list.

The United States and the European Union have imposed restrictions on several companies, banks and some Russian economic sectors on September 12.

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