Ryabkov hopes that the US will refrain from sanctions according to the INF Treaty

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotomonster Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov. Archival photoRyabkov hopes that the US will refrain from sanctions according to the INF Treaty© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

Moscow believes that the U.S. administration wrongly thinks about new sanctions against Russia in connection with the INF Treaty, and hopes that Washington will refrain from sanctions, but experience teaches another, told reporters, Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

«I hope that from these sanctions the us side will refrain, but unfortunately, experience on this range of issues teaches another. The smoke without fire does not happen, perhaps the US administration is seriously weighing the possibility of applying additional sanctions would be imposed without any reason at all, simply acting in the logic that could not be justified and will not justify that the pressure will allow you to knock out the Russian concession, so necessary in the USA. So it just will not happen,» — said Ryabkov.

In early December, the President of the United States Donald trump approved new sanctions against Russia for alleged violations of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty). The Ministry of Commerce intends to introduce new restrictive measures against Russian companies engaged in research activity in the field of new missile technologies. The White house announced that the aim of such sanctions is to «change of plans» of the Russian government.

While Ryabkov had earlier said that the US charges in the placement of Russia’s land-based cruise missiles, long-range are completely unfounded in nature and not supported by technical data. He stressed that Russia is fully committed to the INF Treaty, always has performed and is willing to act further.