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Moscow: New US Sanctions Seek to Escalate Tensions before Presidential Election

Moscow: New US Sanctions Seek to Escalate Tensions before Presidential Election
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The US State Department stated that it did not rule out potentially introducing sanctions against the 13 Russian individuals charged last week for alleged election meddling.

Moscow: New US Sanctions Seek to Escalate Tensions before Presidential Election

In this respect, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that US threats to impose new sanctions on Moscow were aiming to escalate tensions ahead of the presidential election, which is scheduled for March 2018.

"Paradoxically, the Americans are taking steps that are aimed at intervening in our internal affairs, intensifying tension in bilateral relations ahead of presidential elections, but they continue to groundlessly, unprovenly blame us for allegedly interfering in their electoral processes," Ryabkov on Wednesday told journalists in Moscow.

"Every day we hear threats and all kinds of insinuations, attempts to blame Russia and Russian citizens for some activity that does not suit the American side. It is clear that all this continues to have a negative impact on the relations between the two countries."

Meanwhile, Moscow doesn't rule out responding to sanctions against Russians, mentioned in the "Mueller report," he added.

According to him, Moscow sees "a purposeful line for the complication of military-technical cooperation, we already refer to specific figures of allegedly broken contracts under US pressure and as a result of the policy of blackmail and intimidation being carried out by Washington."

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

 

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