Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:
“Bolton said that the US sanctions will remain in force until Russia changes its behavior.This is an absolutely cynical and dead-locked position.The US uses sanctions as an instrument to establish its own hegemonyand to eliminate competitors inworld markets to retaintattered American positions.Moreover, there is no reason for new restrictions, as well as there were none for the previous ones.
Russia will not change its course under the pressure of a sanction baton from across the ocean. Our country is a great world power. We are not going to succumb to the totalitarian US dictate in the world affairs.
At the same time, Moscow consistently stands for the normalization of relations with Washington. For our part, we will make all possible efforts for this in the parliamentary line. There are enough constructively-minded politicians in America with whom one can talk. “