The Russian Foreign Ministry views the new U.S. sanctions against Russia as an attempt to take revenge for the fact that the events in Ukraine are not unfolding in a way Washington would like them to unfold.
"We view the new package of U.S. sanctions in relation to Russia as a primitive attempt to take revenge for the fact that events in Ukraine are not unfolding in line with Washington's scenario," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.
"The outrageous and groundless desire to blame Russia for the civil war in the neighboring country, which has resulted from a deep internal crisis and which has already led to numerous casualties, is a sign of a failure of the U.S.' and its Kyiv clients' strategy to forcibly quell wide-ranging popular discontent," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Instead of bringing the Ukrainian leadership to its senses and stopping the military operation against civilians, "the White House is actually instigating bloodshed."
"At the same time, cynically trying to evade responsibility and grossly distorting facts, it has started once again to brandish its favorite weapon, a sanction baton," it said.
U.S. President Barack Obama earlier announced the imposition of new sanctions on Russia by the U.S., which include restrictions for U.S. entities' cooperation with a number of Russian energy companies, banks, and defense industry enterprises.
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