Ryabkov: US seems to have set a goal to completely sever relations with Russia
“What are the allies - such is the nature of the discussion with them,” Ryabkov said. “One gets the impression that the White House does not set itself a task other than finally destroying relations with Russia — so that it would take many years to restore them,” he added.
According to the diplomat, the “sanction spells” themselves did not come as a surprise, the intensity with which the Americans repeat them is surprising.
“I’m ready to bet with anyone or play a betting on a bet that they will continue to talk about sanctions every day. It turned into a kind of daily ritual, such an element of a mandatory program as in certain sports, without which some administration workers simply cannot, probably, score a point for the day spent, ” - said Ryabkov.
He called the pretexts for the expansion of sanctions "frivolous and meaningless."
“Actually, these are not at all adherents of international law, but advocates of breaking the sustainable international system and its restructuring to suit their own geopolitical needs,” while for US officials “sanctions are probably the least expensive means of pursuing foreign policy,” the diplomat said.
“However, this kind of accounting characteristic of our American colleagues when there is a penny back and forth on the accounts, and it seems like there is something to report to the authorities, this calculation is doomed,” said the deputy minister.
He added that if the White House still goes to expanding the restrictions, then Moscow "will find a way to respond in such a way that a completely different balance is formed - not in favor of the United States."
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