US wants to punish Russia for its intl role - Zakharova

Politics 4/15/2018, 8:15 PM
US wants to punish Russia for its intl role - Zakharova

Russia is a global player now, and Western powers, led by the United States, want to punish it just for that, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on Sunday. She was addressing the announcement of new sanctions that the US has prepared for Moscow, set to be revealed on Monday.

"I can really confirm that the sanctions are to be imposed on Russia without any link to any realities. This is exactly how they worded these sanctions: for Russia’s role in international affairs," she stated.

On April 6, Washington published a list of 38 Russian businessmen, government officials and companies that are hit with the latest set of sanctions, citing Russia's "continued attempts to subvert Western democracies" and "occupation of Crimea, instigation of violence in Eastern Ukraine, support for Assad in Syria" as reasons for the measures. Earlier in the day, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley announced another set of sanctions, in response to Kremlin's "aggressive actions," mostly in relation to the activities in Syria.

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