Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, gave Sunday an interview This Week, running on ABC, which said: Russia will respond to the tightening of sanctions against his country with the United States. He said the decision taken by the Congress last Thursday, «the last straw» that broke the patience.
Answering a journalist’s question about Russia’s ability to cope with Western sanctions, the foreign Ministry spokesman said that Russia is not only able to keep up with Washington, but also to create an alternative to the dollar system as one of the major reserve currency, writes July 30 edition of «Politekspert».
Ryabkov said that the US actions in the international arena are sometimes too flippant, and the situation with sanctions against Russia is evidence of this – such actions, in his words, undermine the confidence of the international community to the U.S. financial system.
Before it became known that Russia is suspending from August 1 the use of the U.S. Embassy in the country of all storage areas on a Traffic street in Moscow and cottages in the Serebryany Bor. It is stated in the statement of the Russian foreign Ministry , published on Friday, July 28.
This decision was made due to the fact that on 27 July, the U.S. Congress has voted for tougher sanctions against Russia. «Despite the constant attacks from Washington, we were and behave responsibly and with restraint, still didn’t answer the obvious provocation. However, recent developments indicate that in certain circles of the United States entrenched Russophobia and the policy of open confrontation with our country,» – said in a statement the foreign Ministry.
The Russian foreign Ministry also proposed to the American side until 1 September to bring the number of diplomatic and technical staff working at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, consulates General in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, in strict compliance with a number of Russian diplomats and technical staff who are in the United States. This means that the total number of personnel involved in the American diplomatic and consular institutions in the Russian Federation, are reduced to 455.
«We reserve the right, in order of reciprocity and on other measures that may affect the interests of the United States,» – said the Russian foreign Ministry.