Russia rejects US demands

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The flag of the Russian Federation flies at the Russian Embassy in Washington. Photo from. www.rt.com

The US is intentionally choosing the path of a further deterioration of bilateral relations

MOSCOW — By introducing new sanctions against Moscow, Washington is intentionally seeking a further deterioration of bilateral relations and Russia won’t accept the US demands for lifting the restrictions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday.

“As a condition for lifting sanctions, the United States is making the demands, which are unacceptable for us and this is the first stage. They threaten us with further increasing the sanctions pressure,” the diplomat said.

“So, the US is intentionally choosing the path of a further deterioration of bilateral relations, which have been nearly reduced to zero thanks to its efforts,” Zakharova said.

“Instead of engaging in search for the ways to improve bilateral ties, as was discussed at the Russian-US summit in Helsinki on 16 July, the US administration has hurled all effort into aggravating the situation,” Zakharova said.

“The intention of those behind a new round of hyping up the Skripal case is obvious: they seek to keep afloat this advantageous for them anti-Russian topic by hook or by crook as an instrument for demonizing Russia,” she added. TASS

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