Zakharova said that the Crimea only became the reason for anti-Russian sanctions

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BELGRADE, August 12. /Basereporter.com/. The situation with Crimea was not the cause but only the occasion for the anti-Russian U.S. sanctions. This was stated to journalists on Sunday in Belgrade, the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“As a new round of anti-Russian sanctions, we have stated that retaliatory sanctions will be developed. It is not our choice, we are not unleashed a sanctions war, we always proceeded from the fact that unilateral sanctions are illegal, but the response will be developed. This thesis, which many voiced in the West that the sanctions are imposed because of the Crimea – we see that this is completely wrong, let’s see what an aggressive policy, including with elements of the sanctions pressure, is carried out in the United States against Turkey, China, Iran, and in relation to the European Union, trade wars. Therefore, all the stories that all started because of Crimea – not true, needed an excuse, found a reason,” said Zakharov.

The US administration announced Wednesday the intention to impose on Russia a new large-scale sanctions. The reason for the use of Washington’s restrictive measures against Moscow became the March the poisoning in Britain of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, who was sentenced in Russia for espionage in favor of London, and his daughter Julia. In this attack the US after his closest ally Britain has accused Russia in the spring.

Washington imposes a ban on the supply to Russia of dual-use products. Along with this, the aforesaid act provides, and the threat of the use in about three months a much more serious sanctions. The second part of the restrictions provides for the lowering of the level of bilateral diplomatic relations or even the suspension, in fact the complete prohibition of any exports to Russia of American products with the exception of food, and imports United States Russian goods, including oil and oil products, denial of landing rights to U.S. aircraft for any airline, which is controlled by the Russian government, blocking Washington loans Moscow by international financial organizations.

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