The former curator of the U.S. sanctions against Russia recognized their inefficiency

© RIA Novosti / Mikhail Klimentievna Russia and the United States. Archival photoThe former curator of the U.S. sanctions against Russia recognized their inefficiency© RIA Novosti / Mikhail Klimentyev

US sanctions against Russia have not worked as intended, admitted by the former coordinator of the state Department of the US sanctions Daniel fried.

«I think the sanctions are working in two directions and do not work in the third. The sanctions have reduced the level of aggression of Russia against Ukraine and contributed to the fact that Moscow agreed on the Minsk agreement…. We’re stuck here,» said Frid RIA Novosti.

Kiev believes that Russia intervenes in the Affairs of Ukraine is a party to the conflict in the Donbass. Evidence of this was provided. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and is not privy to the events in the Donbass, and is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.

Fried expressed the hope that the problem will contribute to the US special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.

«This is a great choice, he is respected by Republicans and Democrats in Washington and the Europeans and the Ukrainians. I hope it will be fruitful to work with Surkov to find ways of implementing the Minsk agreements,» he said.

The expert believes that Western countries should continue to oppose the policy of Russia, however thus it is necessary to keep channels of communication open.

«We need to continue to leave the door open for communication, because of the current difficulties in relations between the US and Russia cannot go on forever,» he said.

In particular, in his opinion, one of the areas of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and in countering threats from North Korea.

According to Frida, the candidate for the post of assistant Secretary of state for European and Eurasian Uess Mitchell in the case of approval on this post too will be able to contribute in the search for common ground. The interviewee noted that he worked with Mitchell for several years and considers it to be very well prepared for this position.

«One of the best choices that were made by the U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson,» said fried, who himself previously worked on this post.

Mitchell knows the region and can contribute to the relations with Russia, to eliminate the need to stop the cooperation at the level of military and face undesirable and unpredictable consequences, he said.

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. Russian President Vladimir Putin on 6 August 2014 signed a decree banning the import into Russia of certain agricultural products, raw materials and food from countries that imposed anti-Russian sanctions: US, EU States, Canada, Australia and Norway. As a result, under the ban were meat, sausages, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy products. As the preservation of Western sanctions, Russia also extended and your response. While a ban on the supply of foreign products is valid until the end of 2018.

USA in early August of 2017 has expanded the sectoral sanctions against the Russian economy. In particular, now the US President can impose sanctions on persons who invest in the construction of Russian export pipelines over $ 5 million a year or $ 1 million lump sum. In addition, the law also stipulates that the U.S. will continue to oppose the project «Northern stream-2».

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