Moscow ‘won’t bend or break’ over US sanctions – Russian envoy to UN

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Paul Martin
2 Aug, 2017

Moscow “won’t bend” and has no plans to change its policies following Donald Trump’s signing of new anti-Russian sanctions, says its permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya.

“If those who came up with this bill thought that they could change our policies with it, they were mistaken. History is proof of that. They need to understand that we do not bend or break,” Nebenzya told journalists in New York.

Nebenzya, who was appointed last month to replace the late Vitaly Churkin, added that the ratification was expected, and would “inevitably” further damage the relationship between the two countries.

“De facto, this changes nothing. There is nothing new here,” Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told the media in Moscow.

“Counter-measures have already been taken.”

After the cross-party bill was approved overwhelmingly by the House and Senate last week, the Russian president announced that the US would have to cut its embassy staff in the country by 755 people by September, and said that Moscow would seize several buildings used by diplomats.

One Response to “Moscow ‘won’t bend or break’ over US sanctions – Russian envoy to UN”

  1. Craig Mouldey

    So Trump signed this sanctions bill? On principle, he should have vetoed this sinister plan. Now he is part of it. He should have vetoed this and then held a nation wide television talk with the nation. This nasty bit of work is not even directly attacking Russia but every country on earth who might dare to want to trade with them. All these countries, starting with the EU need to tell the U.S. Congress to piss off. They will trade with who ever they wish. I doubt there is any way China will go along with this. If the maniacs running the U.S. think they can go to war with both China and Russia, they better think again.


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