Ryabkov: Moscow follows 'disturbing' discussions on new US sanctions

 Ryabkov: Moscow follows 'disturbing' discussions on new US sanctions

Moscow closely follows discussions surrounding new sanctions under consideration by the US Congress targeting countries including Russia, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said.

"We are closely following what is happening around the notorious US bill, which aims to introduce new sanctions against Russia and a number of other countries, as well as codify the existing ones," Sputnik cited Ryabkov as saying.

He said that the US Congress is primarily harming US interests by undermining its authority with new sanctions targeting Russia.

"In my opinion, they primarily harm the US itself, undermining its position, undermining its credibility, sowing deep distrust, shaping the notion of the United States as an extremely unreliable and even dangerous partner whose actions are extremely unpredictable."

"All this is very disturbing. We see no signs that Russophobic hysteria, which has gripped the entire US Congress, is on the decline," Ryabkov added, noting that Russia had repeatedly warned the United States of the repercussions to new sanctions under consideration in US Congress.

Ryabkov stressed that dialogue with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon has not been shut down, but topics for discussion are decreasing with the prospect of new sanctions.