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Leonid Slutsky: Unsubstantiated accusations as in the Skripal case are enough and voila – another sanctions based on “highly likely” arguments come into force

“The US sanction flywheel does not lose momentum. Unfortunately, sanctions have become the main tool for establishing American hegemony. By means of sanctions Washington tries to keep tattered position in the global economy and weaken its competitors. It is aggressive and absolutely cynical politics.

Is it any wonder that weighty reasons as such are no longer necessary?Unsubstantiated accusations as in the Skripal case are enough and voila – anothersanctions based on “highly likely” arguments come into force.

Thus, the United States puts itself outside the framework of international legal norms, and generally accepted concepts such as “presumption of innocence” and “cogent evidence” are simply wasted. It’s flagrant, like a bad dream.

Russia is claimed to prove the non-use of chemical weapons, although we have long been a party tothe UN Chemical Weapons Convention and have almost destroyed its reserves. In fact, we are told: “Prove that you are not a camel!” Although (sorry for this comparison) it’s not our country at all to spit on international law and common sense.

As for the consequences: Russian specialists do not see catastrophic threats from the first set of sanctions for the Russian defense industry, we have long been working on import substitution. But if it comes to the second set – it will become almost a freeze in relations, if not a trade war. I am sure our response will be timely, appropriate and adequate.”

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