Zakharova: US sanctions to punish Russia for mere fact of its presence on global arena

 Zakharova: US sanctions to punish Russia for mere fact of its presence on global arena

Further anti-Russian sanctions the United States is looking at are meant to punish Russia for the mere fact of its being a global player, with no particular events cited as a reason, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

"I can really confirm that the sanctions are to be imposed on Russia without any link to any realities," Zakharova said in an interview with the Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov program on the Rossiya-1 television channel.

"If earlier they used to say they punished us for Ukraine, now the wording has been changed dramatically: now they punish us for the mere fact of being on the global arena," she added.

"This is exactly how they worded these sanctions: for Russia’s role in international affairs," the spokesperson stressed.

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