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US, EU sanctions are aimed to weaken Russia, drive us into the corner — Primakov

October 29, 2014, 1:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Yevgeny Primakov said the sanctions are not reciprocal and they violate principles of the WTO, as well as international financial agencies — the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
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MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. Sanctions that the United States and the European Union imposed against Russia are aimed at a "colour revolution" scenario in Russia, prominent Russian academician and ex-Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov said in an interview with TASS on Wednesday.

“The aim of anti-Russian economic sanctions is to weaken Russia, drive us into the corner, translate into practice the idea of ‘a colour revolution’ in our country,” said Primakov, who served as Prime Minister of Russia in 1998-1999.

Primakov, a member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said the sanctions are not reciprocal and they violate principles of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as well as international financial agencies - the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“Response measures that cannot be compared with anti-Russian sanctions in their scope are mainly aimed at creating the situation unfavourable for an escalation of sanctions imposed by the West. Of course, a signal is given to corresponding agencies and business, that it is necessary to support home producers to weaken our dependence on imports, especially in the food sector,” said the academician, member of the presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He said “the development of a conflict imposed on us by the United States is directly at variance with underlying principles of the WTO, the World Bank and the IMF”.

Primakov keeps supporting Russia’s participation in institutions of international economic cooperation. “Even in conditions of a changing global situation, Russia does not embark on a course towards self-isolation,” he said.

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