Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russia's Lavrov says new U.S. sanctions harm ties with Washington

Russia's Lavrov says new U.S. sanctions harm ties with Washington

As a result, Ryabkov said he was cancelling a meeting with his USA counterpart, Tom Shannon, in St Petersburg later this week - which was supposed to have been part of a continuing dialogue between Washington and Moscow aimed at reducing "irritants" in bilateral relations.

The statement also said the move "is a continuation of the trend set by the Obama administration aimed at ruining relations between our countries".

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced additional sanctions on Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Angered by expanded U.S. sanctions, Russia on Wednesday cancelled a high-level meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon.

EU leaders have agreed to extend sanctions against Moscow for another six months because of Russia's failure to implement a peace deal for Ukraine, European Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet on the first day of the 22-23 June EU Summit. In the U.S., Nisbet's research after the election found, "Those who buy into the concept that the mainstream media are out to get Trump are more likely to buy into fake news".

"The maintenance package of sanctions issued yesterday by the Treasury Department, which only reinforced existing sanctions, was created to counter attempts to circumvent our sanctions and to maintain alignment of US measures with those of our global partners", she said in a statement.

European Union first agreed to impose economic sanctions against Russian Federation in 2014.

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on 38 Russian individuals and firms over Russia's activities in Ukraine.

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State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the USA regretted Russia's decision to cancel the talks, adding that the package of sanctions issued Tuesday only reinforced those already in place.

"We remain open to future discussions", she said.

Tensions between Moscow and Washington increase as the Kremlin considers retaliatory measures over United States sanctions on Russian Federation.

"Let's remember that these sanctions didn't just come out of nowhere", Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Russian Federation warned it could respond to the sanctions with "practical retaliatory measures".

Renewed EU sanctions are unlikely to lead to any immediate action from Russian Federation.

Pushkov also noted that in his view the new sanctions would not provide any real help to Ukraine, saying that the economy is collapsing and the Kiev government is attempting to replenish the budget through begging.

The incident, which recalled the Cold War era, came amid new sanctions on Russian Federation, approved by the US government, and expectations of more financial penalties over Russia's role in the Syrian conflict and alleged meddling in the USA elections.

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