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Elena Panina: “The United States is moving further and further from its consolidating role towards threats and sanctions”

The United States has abandoned its consolidating role on the planet and is now putting at the forefront the desire to divide, rule and benefit, forcing others to buy their products and resources with its threats and sanctions, Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, told RIA Novosti.

On Wednesday, the United States added five Russian research institutes to the sanctions lists, suspecting them of working on chemical and biological weapons. One of them is the 48th Central Research Institute of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, which, together with the center of Gamaleya, created a vaccine against coronavirus. In addition, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the United States would not accept the results of tests of the Russian vaccine against COVID-19.

According to Panina, in this situation, the United States is acting cynically and selfishly, taking into account only its own commercial benefit.

“We see a similar algorithm of behavior in many situations, including with regard to Nord Stream 2. With threats and sanctions, the United States is forcing others to buy their products and resources, “Panina said.

Against this background, the imposition of sanctions against Russian scientific institutes generally looks “beyond good and evil,” the deputy stressed. She added that at a time when the world needs solidarity in the fight against the viral threat, the United States is trying to “strangle with a sanctions stranglehold those who have advanced beyond them in developing a vaccine.”

“A hundred years ago, at the time of the creation of the League of Nations, the United States strove to play a consolidating role on the planet. Today this attitude has changed to the exact opposite: at the forefront is the desire to divide, rule and benefit,” said Panina.

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