Lavrov: calls to introduce new sanctions against Russia short-sighted

Lavrov: calls to introduce new sanctions against Russia short-sighted

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the calls put forward by U.S. senators Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin to introduce new sanctions against Russia.

Rubio and Cardin are "well known anti-Russian" politicians, Lavrov told the 16th annual session of the Valdai International Discussion Club. "All those who have a slightest thread of a mature political view on the situation should have understood long ago that sanctions do not work in a way they would like," he noted.

"I think they will never work," TASS cited the Russian dipomat as saying.

Yesterday, Rubio and ardin addressed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin with a joint letter setting out a request to introduce sanctions against Russian officials who they believe bear responsibility for persecution of the opposition in Russia.

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