US 'regrets' Russian decision to cancel talks

US 'regrets' Russian decision to cancel talks

US 'regrets' Russian decision to cancel talks

In a strongly worded statement, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Rybakov said Russia was canceling the meeting because the USA ruined the circumstances by announcing updated sanctions this week, and by not returning two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and NY.

"We regret that Russia has made a decision to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles that hinder US-Russia relations", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

The Russian diplomat was meant to be meeting Shannon in St. Petersburg on Friday to discuss "problems in bilateral ties".

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The U.S. Treasury sanctions are against 38 individuals and organizations for their involvement in separatist movements in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the United States increased sanctions with the intent to dissuade Russian Federation from continuing its occupation of Crimea.

This adds to the growing diplomatic struggles between the USA and Russian Federation, and is further putting into doubt the expected meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin during the upcoming G20 summit. "The only thing I can say now is that I regret the anti-Russia obsession of our American colleagues that is overstepping the limits".

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The United States and the European Union have imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russian companies and individuals in response to Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict. The move is seen as a fresh setback for the administration of US President Donald Trump which has been hoping to improve relations with the Kremlin. America decided a number of sanctions against both personalities and legal units from Russian Federation. It referred to the administration of former US President Barack Obama. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the penalties were created to "maintain pressure on Russian Federation to work toward a diplomatic solution".

Moscow regards a US statement linking the lifting of sanctions on Russian Federation to its withdrawal from eastern Ukraine as inappropriate and incorrect, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. "Then we could get to more substantive discussions about who is our enemy in Syria".

The Kremlin also said Wednesday that it is considering imposing retaliatory sanctions on the US.

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The Kremlin has voiced regret about the new USA sanctions against Russian Federation and warned of possible retaliation.

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