Commenting on the news to the Iranian broadcaster Press-TV, Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space said that by making this gesture Obama Administration wants to camouflage the real actor that has triggered the crisis.
“The US says that Russia has violated international law and therefore must be continually sanctioned, but in fact the truth reveals that the United States spent 5 billion dollars to foster, to make happened the coup d'etat in Kiev in 2014,” he said on Saturday.
Gagnon added that Washington provided aid to armed nationalist factions in Ukraine that were actively involved in the overthrow of the country’s legitimate president and the subsequent armed conflict in Donbass.
Earlier in March, US President Barack Obama signed a decree extending the sanctions until March 6, 2017.
“The US wants regime change in Moscow, and is determined to get it one way or the other,” he claimed.
Moscow, however, was calm on the sanctions list expansion.
On Saturday, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev labeled the US move a “convulsive act,” saying that “mirror” Moscow response won’t follow.
A day earlier, CEO of Russia’s Sberbank German Gref said German Gref suggested that sanctions won’t affect Russian economy, as they are purely from the “sphere of politics."