Russia's Foreign Minister Calls New Sanctions a 'Gift' from President Trump — Cancels Al
After a 98-2 Senate vote to increase sanctions and get tough on Russia, the Kremlin announced that they are cancelling a meeting with the United States.
A spokesperson from the State Department told CNN that Russia is fully aware this decision didn't come out of the blue. The sanctions were put in place in response to Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine and the plan is to uphold the sanctions until Russia fully honors its obligations according to the Minsk Agreement.
Included in the sanctions, are two Russian government officials. They will be barred from doing business in the U.S., and their assets will be frozen.
The Kremlin decided to pull the plug on the meeting one day after the sanctions were announced.
Defending their decision, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, “After yesterday's decision on sanctions, the situation does not allow for a round of such a dialogue, especially as there is no content for it, since Washington didn't offer nor is offering now anything specific.”
The Ministry also added that Washington is “unconvincing” when it comes to trying to find common ground and that there will be a response from Russia.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon was supposed to fly out to St. Petersburg to meet with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov before the meeting was canned. The two were expected to hash out the rising tensions between the two countries and work toward a solution.
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