New US sanctions against Russia is a «road to nowhere», said Antonov

© AFP 2018 / Mandel the NganПосол of Russia Anatoly Antonov. Archival photoNew US sanctions against Russia is a «road to nowhere», said Antonov© 2018 AFP / Mandel Ngan

The introduction of new US sanctions against Russia is a «road to nowhere», this would harm American companies working in Russia, said Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov.

«The introduction of new restrictions against Russia is a road to nowhere. Our country will resist pressure. But the victims will be the American company. With the filing of their administration, they will lose significant revenue, giving position in the market of our country,» said Antonov on Thursday.

The Ambassador said that currently in Russia there are about three thousand companies with American capital, employing about 180 thousand people, and their total assets amount to approximately $ 75 billion.

«To leave Russia they do not want. This was confirmed by the may St. Petersburg international economic forum, where the most numerous delegation, as in the past year were from the United States – more than 550 participants. A representative delegation of American business recently visited Eastern economic forum in Vladivostok,» — said Antonov.

The diplomat recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with his American counterpart Donald trump in Helsinki proposed the creation of a high level group, which would unite representatives of Russian and American business to promote mutual trade and investment.

«Currently, work is underway to implement the initiative. I would like to move more quickly,» — said Antonov.