US sanctions against three Russians merely exacerbate bilateral tensions — diplomat

US sanctions against three Russians merely exacerbate bilateral tensions — diplomat

US sanctions against three Russians for alleged attempts to influence the election process in the United States are aimed at exacerbating tensions in bilateral relations, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on Washington’s introduction of new restrictive measures during her regular press briefing, TASS reports. 

"Washington demonstrates the intention to follow a policy of further worsening of bilateral relations. This is regrettable. Anyway, it looks like a deliberate choice of those who shape US policies on the Russian track," Zakharova said.

She remarked that such actions would not bring about the effects Washington expected.

Moscow has never interfered in election processes in the US and other countries and has no plans to do it, the diplomat reiterated. "I would like to remind our American colleagues that Russia has never interfered and has no plans to interfere in election processes in the US and other countries," she pointed out. "We have repeatedly called on the Americans to discuss and resolve all related issues in a calm and non-politicized manner, through respectful dialogue. However, there is no response," Zakharova added.

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