Russia changed its mind regarding a high-end meeting between U.S. officials and its own. The event could have been a historical moment where the two global superpowers might have resolved their long-time disputes between each other. However, recently increased sanctions put an end on a possible friendly treaty.
The Meeting between Russia and America Would Have Taken Place in St Petersburg
Russia canceled its plans to participate in a one-on-one meeting with U.S. soon after an announcement. America decided a number of sanctions against both personalities and legal units from Russia. These decisions came in response to the authorities not putting an end to the Ukraine crisis.
The important meeting was scheduled in St Petersburg between US Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. The Russian Foreign Ministry released an announcement according to which the event would not take place as the imposed sanctions were without grounds. The American party did not offer specific terms to the solution of the ongoing crisis. The statement ended with a warning that there might be proactive repercussions to these sanctions.
“After yesterday’s decision on sanctions, the situation does not allow for a round of such a dialogue.”
The Increased Sanctions Concern 38 Entities that Can No Longer Initiate Business Partnerships with US
On Tuesday, the US increased sanctions with the intent to dissuade Russia from continuing its occupation of Crimea. American officials added 38 officials and entities to their list of targets for their sanctions. This means that their assets were frozen and they will no longer be able to tie business connections with any US party. On top of that, these interdictions will stay active until Russia gives up on Crimea.
State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert stated that Russia didn’t have ground to cancel the high-end meeting. Tuesday’s decisions were just an extension of those that were already in place. Nonetheless, the representative stated that the offer is still standing as there are many issues the two nations have to debate.
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