Sergei Ryabkov. Source: TASS
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov is confident that the true purpose of the U.S. economic sanctions is to create conditions for regime change in Russia.
"There is a visible and practically unconcealed goal to create the socioeconomic conditions for a change of regime in Russian, behind the formally declared goal of forcing us to change [our] position on Ukraine," Ryabkov said at the State Duma hearings on Russian-U.S. relations.
"We have made this thesis known and, despite the attempts by U.S. administration members to challenge it, everything shows that the creation of a setting which could lead to such [events] here has become a foreign policy priority of Washington," the deputy foreign minister said.
"In addition, arm-twisting or simple pushing of U.S. allies and like-minded countries towards their support to the "anti-Russian front" and following of the U.S. policy, primarily in the area of sanctions, continues," he said.
"At the same time, the Americans do not hesitate to insist on cooperating [with us] in the areas of their interest in ongoing contacts," the Russian diplomat said, citing the resolution of the Iranian nuclear problem as an example.
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