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Sanctions unable to impact Moscow’s foreign policy, Russian embassy in US says

The embassy pointed out that new restrictions highlighted "Washington strategists’ desire to maintain toxic atmosphere around Russian businessmen

WASHINGTON, November 15. /TASS/. Restrictions can in no way affect Russia’s sovereign foreign policy, the Russian embassy in Washington said in a statement, commenting on new US sanctions.

"The latest surge of Washington’s anti-Russian activity is duly noticed. Apparently, the administration still does not realize that restrictions cannot influence our country’s sovereign foreign policy," the statement reads.

"It is obvious that Washington strategists strive to maintain a toxic atmosphere around Russian businesses. In particular, they declare their readiness to punish foreigners who continue normal commercial cooperation with our entrepreneurs. Surely, such attempts by the United States to apply extraterritorial features to its illegitimate measures cannot suit other nations," the embassy pointed out.

"Diktat and blackmail on the part of the United States, attempted with a clear intention to decide who and in what manner can interact with each other, only lead to reduced confidence in the US jurisdiction. At the same time, they accelerate the dangerous fragmentation of the world economy," the statement added.

On Monday, the US authorities announced sanctions against "a transnational network procuring technology that supports the Russian military-industrial complex" and "a global network of financial facilitators, enablers, and others associated with two key Kremlin-linked elites." The sanctions target Russia’s Milandr microelectronics company and three companies from Armenia, Taiwan and Switzerland affiliated with it. Restrictions were also imposed on the wife, daughters, son and nephew of Russian senator Suleiman Kerimov, his associated companies and Switzerland’s Chlodwig and Adorabella companies associated with Russian businessman Andrey Guryev.