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Sanctions against Russia harm entire international economic cooperation — lawmaker

June 19, 2015, 13:53 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG
This "novelty is brewed under old recipes, the Cold War recipes and unipolar world illusions," speaker of the State Duma lower house of Russia’s parliament said
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Speaker of the State Duma lower house of Russia’s parliament Sergei Naryshkin

Speaker of the State Duma lower house of Russia’s parliament Sergei Naryshkin

© Anna Isakova/Russian State Duma Press Service/TASS

ST. PETERSBURG, June 19. /TASS/. The Western sanctions against Russia are detrimental to the entire international economic cooperation, speaker of the State Duma lower house of Russia’s parliament Sergei Naryshkin said on Friday.

Addressing a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), devoted to investment in Russia, the lawmaker said that it is a second forum in a new situation and this "novelty is brewed under old recipes, the Cold War recipes and unipolar world illusions."

"The so-called sanctions are unlawful, illegal, half-bandit actions," Naryshkin said. Directed against Russia, they actually "harm all countries who participate in international economic cooperation," the lower house speaker said.

According to him, the reason for this is "the political views of separate groups of countries, mostly of one country and a group of allies who are formally sovereign countries, but which are obediently in the wake of the policy of one country as docile donkeys," which is detrimental to international economic cooperation.

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