Russian Deputy FM Threatens “Painful” Measures If U.S. Toughens Santions

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Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, passed a law on Wednesday that suspends the Russian-U.S. deal from 2000 regarding the disposal of plutonium from decommissioned warheads.

Prior to the vote suspending the Russian-American deal, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian MPs that if the U.S. decides to continue to toughen its sanctions on Russia, Moscow will respond with “painful” measures.

“If the US opts to further toughen sanctions in defiance of common sense and in disregard of its experience that has already been quite painful for them, then we will find measures in our toolbox that will have a painful impact, particularly in terms of America’s positioning in the world,” said Ryabkov

Ryabkov also said that while the U.S. continues to issue threats of news sanctions against Russia “on a daily basis” the U.S. “continues its efforts aimed at bringing its military infrastructure nearer to Russian borders and forming anti-Russian alliances with its European allies.”

Ryabkov then went on to say “under the current administration, [US foreign policy] became even more arrogant, forceful and focused on the attempts to impose its will on other countries,” and that this policy “is doomed to failure from the start in relations with our country.”

“The White House has only itself to blame for the problems in many parts of the world as well as for the difficulties in relations with Russia,” Ryabkov said

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