By imposing sanctions on Russia, EU yielding to U.S.' blackmail - Foreign Ministry

Moscow is disappointed that the European Union has decided to impose sanctions on Russia contrary to its own interests, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.

Moscow is disappointed that the European Union has decided to impose sanctions on Russia contrary to its own interests, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.

"We are disappointed that the European Union, contrary to its own interests, has yielded to the U.S. administration's blackmail and has taken the path of sanction measures in relation to Russia," it said.

The Foreign Ministry accused Brussels of following Washington in putting the blame on the party making real efforts to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis.

"Over the entire period since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, Russia has been doing as much as it can to help achieve a ceasefire and launch an internal Ukrainian dialogue and has strictly followed the Geneva accords of April 17, including the key of them, which concerns the ending of bloodshed and starting a peace process in Ukraine," it said.

"All our efforts have stumbled upon open sabotage on the part of Kyiv and its American patrons," it said.

By imposing sanctions on Russia, the EU has actually played into the hands of those preferring to use force to settle the Ukraine crisis, the Foreign Ministry said.

"Now, instead of using the existing opportunities for beginning a dialogue between Kiev and representatives of the southeastern part of the country, the European Union has taken its lead from advocates of a forcible solution to the internal Ukrainian conflict and the provoking of confrontation with Russia against this background," it said.

"By doing so, the EU has assumed the responsibility for continuing Kyiv's military operation, the result being that more people are killed from day to day," it said.

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