Deputy FM Ryabkov: U.S. sanctions policy aims to change Russian regime

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.

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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