The foreign Ministry assessed the cost to European businesses from anti-Russian U.S. sanctions

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The law «on combating the enemies of America through sanctions» is designed to promote at any cost commercial interests of the United States, including in Europe, and to pay for the consequences of such steps forced European business, said Friday the acting Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.

«Unfortunately, today we are witnessing the politicization of economic cooperation. Increasingly used these elements of unfair competition, ignoring the universal rules of international trade and WTO rules, a unilateral restriction, the extraterritorial application of their own legislation. The purpose of such actions inflicting significant damage on the world economy, – to promote at any cost their own commercial interests. In particular, the aims adopted in the US law «On combating the enemies of America by sanctions,» Lavrov said in an interview with the magazine «Russian Business Guide – Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce».

According to Lavrov, «the main effort in unwinding the anti-Russian sanctions spiral in the economy taken by the Americans,» and to pay for such actions «forced the European business».

«To replace the EU on the Russian market manufacturers come from other regions of the world. The United States is no damage to carry. In Washington do not hide that under the pretext of fighting the Russian threat want to strengthen Europe’s position in their companies, including energy and defence. How does this meet the interests of the EU, to solve by the Europeans. Know that in the business circles of Europe have increasingly heard dissatisfaction with this situation», — said a senior Russian diplomat.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine and around the Crimea. The West is accusing Russia of meddling has imposed sanctions against it. Moscow retaliated, took the policy of import substitution and has repeatedly said that talking with her in language of sanctions counterproductive. While the Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict or subject of the Minsk agreements on the settlement.

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