Antonov called short-sighted step, its inclusion in the sanctions lists of the EU

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in fotoracconti Antonov. Archival photoAntonov called short-sighted step, its inclusion in the sanctions lists of the EU© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank

New Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov called short-sighted step, its inclusion in the sanctions lists of the EU and Canada, but discomfort it does not deliver him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in late August appointed Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s new Ambassador in Washington, where he will replace on this post of Sergey Kislyak. Before that Antonov has held the position of Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs, and previously worked as Deputy defense Minister.

«I this circumstance do not cause discomfort. Assume that in a new capacity I have no need to fly for work in Ottawa or, for example, in Brussels,» — said Antonov in interview to the newspaper «Kommersant».

Antonov recalled that as Deputy Minister of defense, he was «instructed to explain our actions in connection with the Ukrainian events, in particular the tragedy of the Malaysian civilian aircraft».

«Apparently, my performance was spot on, hitting the sensing elements of the position of the EU and Canada, which are so inadequately and badly reacted to my interview and introduced sanctions against me. Is Brussels and Ottawa I think that now I’ll «wimp out» and cease to defend the foreign policy of the Russian state? At least, this short-sighted step only confirms how bad the West know that Russian diplomats», he added.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Crimea and Ukraine. In July 2014, the EU and the USA from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In the sanctions list of EU includes including Anatoly Antonov, Canada and several other countries decided to join the sanctions.

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