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    US Sanctions Against Khartoum Hamper Ties Between Russia, Sudan

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    Russian Ambassador to the African country Mirgayas Shirinskiy said that the sanctions imposed on Sudan by the United States are significant hindrance for the development of relations between Russia and Sudan.

    KHARTOUM (Sputnik) — The sanctions imposed on Khartoum by Washington hinder the development of cooperation between Russia and Sudan, Russian Ambassador to the African country Mirgayas Shirinskiy said Friday.

    In 1997, Washington imposed economic, trade and financial sanctions against Khartoum on the ground of supporting terrorism, destabilizing neighboring states and violating human rights. The sanctions regime was extended in 2007, because of the violence in the Sudanese region of Darfur.

    "The sanctions imposed on Sudan by the United States are significant hindrance [for the development of relations]," Shirinskiy told RIA Novosti, answering a question about the factors impeding the development of bilateral ties.

    He added that the United States had imposed restrictions on deliveries of certain military equipment to Sudan, as well as on cooperation with Sudanese banking system that complicated business relations with country's international partners.

    In 2016, Moscow and Khartoum marked the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. Russia and Sudan have maintained a strong economic and political partnership for years. In 2014, the parties agreed to promote cooperation in a wide range of areas, including health care, mineral prospecting and the financial sector.

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