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SPIEF2015 shows attempts to isolate Russia are doomed — diplomat

June 19, 2015, 8:25 UTC+3 ST. PETETSBURG
Most foreign participants of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum are trying to find schemes for restoring interaction with Russia
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ST. PETETSBURG, June 18 /TASS/. All attempts to isolate Russia economically are doomed, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry Ombudsman for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, told TASS on Thursday.

"As we see, many foreign participants have arrived at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Various companies, including those from the United States, are also well represented," Dolgov said.

"It shows that attempts to isolate Russia economically are failing and are historically doomed," Dolgov said. Representatives of Western business circles have disavowed the concept of unilateral sanctions [against Russia]," the Russian diplomat stressed.

He said Ukraine was not part of the forum’s agenda. Nevertheless, it is creating a certain background in view of the West’s position on the Ukrainian issue.

"The participants are discussing problems that emerge in connection with illegal measures introduced by the European Union and the United States that have strongly narrowed the work opportunities for western business," Dolgov explained.

"Most foreign participants are expressing serious regrets with the EU and US decisions. They are trying to find schemes for restoring interaction on a wide spectrum of issues at many meetings," the Russian Foreign Ministry ombudsman said.

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