Klishas called ineffective U.S. sanctions against Russia

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis in fotobanka Klishas. Archival photoKlishas called ineffective U.S. sanctions against Russia© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis the image Bank

The head of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation Andrey Klishas included in 2014 in the sanctions list of the USA, notes that the result of sanctions has not reached the position of the defendants in the list on a number of international issues remains the same.

Klishas in 2014, among other citizens of the Russian Federation was included in the sanctions list of the USA.

«The sanctions, which are essentially measures of extralegal repressive nature and is aimed at exerting pressure to change to defend position, I personally and my colleagues, for which they introduced, had no effect. The position that we adhered to a number of international issues, remained the same, and in connection with the imposition of sanctions, they have not been adjusted,» said Klishas RIA Novosti.

According to him, the introduction of such unilateral measures are not only consistent with basic international legal principles, but also in contradiction with the «principle of freedom of expression and the principle of popular representation, according to which the Parliament is responsible for the expression and upholding of interests they represent of the population.»

«From this perspective, the sanctions have demonstrated exceptionally ineffective and destructive in nature», — said the head of the Committee.

Klishas also stressed that sanctions did not hurt the international inter-parliamentary cooperation and parliamentary diplomacy has not suffered from this, on the contrary, the number of contacts with other States have only increased.

«In connection with the introduction of sanctions, of course, has changed the geography of the meetings, debated issues. However, the items that defends the Russian Federation in the international arena, namely the commitment to the principles of international law taking into account the need to respect and uphold state sovereignty, is getting positive feedback from representatives of countries with which we cooperate and develop inter-state relations», — said the Senator.

According to him, the sanctions were «almost finished» only contacts of Russian parliamentarians with their American colleagues.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the situation in Ukraine. At the end of 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 response, Russia restricted imports of food products from countries that have imposed sanctions against her.

In 2017 the U.S. Congress adopted the law «On combating the enemies of America through sanctions.» According to the law, the Secretary of state, Minister of Finance and the Director of national intelligence have until the end of January 2018 to provide to Congress a list of persons having close links with the Russian authorities, as well as to assess the prospects of imposing sanctions against the defendants in this list.

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