Russia: Sanctions move Russia closer to «alternatives to the US financial system» — Ryabkov

SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister (English): «This retaliation is long, long overdue. You remember that the previous administration of the US, the Obama administration, expelled Russian diplomats on December 29 last year and deprived us of our property. During the Trump administration nothing happened towards changing this situation, which is completely unacceptable to us. And... Еще I should say that after the [US] Senate voted, on July 27, so overwhelmingly on a completely weird and unacceptable piece of legislation, it was the last drop that made all of this happen.» Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that steps taken by the US to «make our lives more difficult,» bring Russia closer to developing alternatives to the US financial system. In an interview that took place in Moscow, Ryabkov also urged Washington to «stop now» with «the completely weird and unacceptable piece of legislation» which was passed in the Senate, referring to the fresh sanctions likely to be imposed on Russia. «It was the last drop that made all of this happen,» Rybakov said. «Every single step which is taken by people on The Hill brings us closer to the moment where we will develop all sorts of alternatives to the US financial system, to the dollar reserve currency system, to all sorts of areas where the whole world, not just Russia, is dependent on frivolous action on the part of the US.» Ryabkov also described the sanctions as «detrimental» to US interests, while also attacking US President Donald Trump's administration's inaction with regard to former US President Barack Obama's expulsion of Russian diplomats and seizure of property in December of last year. «This retaliation is long, long overdue. You remember that the Obama administration expelled Russian diplomats on December 29th last year and deprived us of our property. During the Trump administration nothing has happened to change this situation, which is completely unacceptable to us,» Ryabkov elaborated.
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