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    Western Sanctions Against Russia (737)

    Moscow regrets Washington's decision to extend sanctions against Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama extended sanctions against Russia, which had been imposed in March 2014.

    "We regret it," Peskov told reporters, commenting on the recent US decision to extend Executive Order 13660, outlining sanctions against certain Russian individuals and entities, for one year.

    Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over Crimea's reunification with Russia, as well Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian internal conflict, claims that Moscow had repeatedly denied. The United States, as well as the European Union and some other countries, imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russia's energy, banking and defense industries, prompting Moscow to respond with a food embargo.

    Western Sanctions Against Russia (737)


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