Russia has warned the United States against “playing with fire” by imposing new sections against the country, saying Washington will never succeed in “dictating terms” to Moscow.
On Thursday, the US State Department announced it has added the names further 33 Russians to its sanctions blacklist, bringing the total number of sanctioned individuals to 72 people.
Russian Foreign Ministry issued a strongly worded statement on Friday, warning Washington not to play with fire since “it can become dangerous.”
“It would be good for them to remember there is such a concept as global stability which they are thoughtlessly undermining by whipping up tensions in Russian-American ties,” said deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“We recommend that Washington’s operators of the sanctions machine at least superficially acquaint themselves with our history to stop going round in circles,” Ryabkov added.
Ryabkov said that none of the rounds of sanctions had so far managed to force Russia to change its course.
“The numerous American ‘black lists’ increasingly repeat each other. It is funny but it is so,” he said. “It seems like this has turned into a kind of national entertainment, because yesterday’s were already the 60th anti-Russian measures since 2011.”
Separately on Friday, US Ambassador to Moscow John Huntsman said that the relationship between the two countries was “stressed.”
“The months ahead will be key in stabilizing our relationship and deepening trust,” Huntsman told a US investment forum in Moscow. “We must work on replenishing the level of trust between our officials.”