Moscow cancels discussions with the United States in reaction to the announcement of new sanctions.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said he had canceled talks with the US under-secretary of state after the announcement of a new round of US sanctions against Russia .
The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it imposed sanctions against 38 individuals and Russian firms concerning activities of Russia in Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday quoted Ryabkov as saying “the situation is not conducive to holding a round of talks” that was scheduled Friday, and criticizing the United States for “not offering and Do not offer something specific “to discuss.
Relations between Russia and the United States have remained tense, even as the White House plans to hold a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit next month.
The United States said it regrets Russia’s decision to give up an opportunity to discuss obstacles in Russia-US relations.
US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said the sanctions were “not from anywhere”. She argued that Russia knows what it needs to do to get the sanctions lifted. The spokesman said the sanctions would remain in force as long as Russia does not respect its agreements in relation to Ukraine and does not cease the occupation of Crimea.