Russia Repudiates Sanctions, Calls for Dialogue in Ukraine – Lavrov

MOSKOVA (CIHAN)- Moscow repudiates recently imposed US and EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian standoff, and calls for national reconciliation in Ukraine through all-inclusive political dialogue, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

“We denounce sanctions in all their forms, including those that have been announced by the United States and the EU against all common sense due to events in Ukraine,” Lavrov said during talks with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla in Havana.
“We insist on immediate resolution [of the crisis in Ukraine] through all-Ukrainian national dialogue,” Lavrov said.

The European Union on Tuesday imposed asset freezes and travel bans on 15 additional Russian and Ukrainian officials.

The decision brings to 48 the number of people that the EU has put under sanctions in response to Crimea’s reunification with Russia, which the West does not acknowledge, as well as Russia’s position on Ukraine.

The news came after the US Treasury Department announced Monday it had imposed sanctions, including asset freezes and visa bans, on seven Russian individuals as well as 17 Russian companies linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “inner circle.”

The European Union followed the US move on Tuesday, announcing sanctions on 15 additional Russian and Ukrainian officials. Most of those listed in the EU sanctions expanded on the US list.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that talking in the language of sanctions is “inappropriate and counterproductive” and warned its Western partners about the “boomerang effect” that sanctions would have. (CihanRia Novosti)