US Sanctions Will Not Force Russia To Change Course - Deputy Foreign Minister

MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 09th November, 2018) The new US sanctions against Russia are meaningless as they will not force Russia to change its course, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the United States imposed sanctions on three individuals and nine entities over their investment and economic activity in Crimea and Donbas.

"We can see that the United States, despite repeatedly stated, including recently at various levels, intentions to move toward the normalization of relations, still attempt to apply pressure and use the policy of dictate, which are categorically unacceptable for us," Ryabkov said.

Ryabkov stressed that the meaningless and fruitless steps taken by Washington will not change anything in Russia's approach and firm determination to follow its own course.

"Frankly speaking ... we do not feel any impact from these steps, in terms of the circumstances in which we continue to implement our own plans for economic development. So all this has nothing to do with real life," he added.

Ryabkov also said that Russia's potential counter-measures may be taken in response to all US sanctions as a whole, rather than target specific sets of sanctions.

"To a large extent, we simply ignore this kind of hostile moves," the diplomat said.