US by sanctions want to influence Russian situation before presidential election — Ryabkov

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MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. By drafting the personal anti-Russian sanctions, the U.S. is trying to influence the situation in Russia before the presidential election, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS on Saturday, as he commented on a report, in which the U.S is drafting a list of persons to undergo sanctions.

“We take it all philosophically,” the diplomat said. “We can see here another attempt to influence our domestic situation, especially before the presidential election.”.

Russia will continue working with the international community to counteract the American sanctions outrage.

“A wide range of countries have become targets of the U.S. sanctions,” Ryabkov said. “Individuals and corporates in various countries turn out to be under this American pressure.”

“Under this situation, it would be natural to face forms of work with the wide international community to counteract this American sanctions chaos and outrage,” the diplomat said. “We shall work on this from different directions.”

According to him, any actions by any participants in the international community, which Washington does not enjoy, results in the U.S. sanctions.

“This is a clear abuse of the U.S. positions in the system of international finances and the abuse of dollar’s role as the global reserve currency,” the deputy foreign minister said.

“Those, in a situation of facing the U.S. blackmail, the U.S. ultimatums, can see more clearly the task of fencing or protecting themselves from those decisions,” he said. “We also, of course, eye this situation under this focus.”

The U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier his country would extend the anti-Iranian sanctions, which had been lifted as Tehran complied with the 2015 agreement on the nuclear program, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). A top-level representative of the U.S. Administration said that would be done for the last time. According to him, Washington would be working with his allies on changing the agreement.

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