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US trying to intimidate Russian partners using new sanctions steps — ambassador Antonov

The Russian ambassador to the United States added that such actions practically negate the possibility of restoring a mutually respectful dialogue between Washington and Moscow
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov Sergey Bobylev/ TASS
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov
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WASHINGTON, December 23. /TASS/. The US authorities are trying to intimidate Russia’s partners taking new sanctions steps, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said, adding that such actions virtually foil the possibility of restoration of the mutually respectful dialogue between Washington and Moscow.

"Most of the measures announced by the Treasury target institutions in third countries. One can read an obvious desire to intimidate our partners, push them to cut off mutually beneficial ties with the Russian Federation under the fanfare of geopolitical slogans. The US seems not to understand or does not want to understand that with such reckless actions it is contributing to the fragmentation of the world economy, as well as undermining the status of dollar jurisdiction in the eyes of the Global South, and even of America’s satellites," he said when commenting on yet another round of sanctions steps taken by Washington’s administration.

US President Joe Biden signed an executive decree on December 22, aimed at tightening sanctions against Russia and suggesting restrictions imposed against financial institutions that make transactions, in Washington’s opinion, in the interests of the Russian defense industry.

"Washington’s sanction fantasies cause additional damage to bilateral relations. Basically, they cross out any possibility of restoring mutually respectful dialogue between the great powers even on the short list of topics where Russia and the United States could still share similar positions," Antonov was quoted as saying by the Russian embassy’s Telegram channel.

"Local strategists cannot calm down even on the eve of Seasonal holidays. The White House is once again trying to demonstrate the notorious desire to inflict strategic defeat on Russia, including in the economic sphere. It is piling up more and more sanctions in futile attempts to put sticks in the wheels of the steady development of the Russian economy and to obstruct our special military operation," the diplomat stressed.