U.S., allies tried to systemically restrain Russia in 2014, Moscow says

In 2014 Washington took steps to significantly weaken the Russian economy, according to Russian government report about the work of the Russian Foreign Ministry in 2014.

In 2014 Washington took steps to significantly weaken the Russian economy, according to Russian government report about the work of the Russian Foreign Ministry in 2014.

"The U.S. and its allies pursued a line towards systemically 'restraining' Russia with the aim to cause damage to our national economy - through closures of access to banking and lending systems, technological 'stifling' of key sectors and general destabilization of the business climate at the expense of extraterritorial restrictions of commercial activities," the report says.

Cooperation with the European Union was frozen virtually in every area, the document also said.

"The unilateral sanctions and Russia's countermeasures (restrictions on the import of a number of food products) had a negative effect on our trade and economic relations with the EU: in 2014 trade was down nearly 8 percent," the government said in the report.

Furthermore, in 2014 the dynamic of relations with European partners, who were key in the recent past, such as France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, slowed down substantially.

"A whole host of planned bilateral events failed to take place, including the highest-level ones with key ministers from two countries' governments, including foreign-affairs and defense ministers. Most inter-departmental contacts were frozen," the report said.

"Under these conditions, the Russian Foreign Ministry conducted active efforts with partners so as to prevent further rollbacks of relations, by holding meetings of foreign ministers and foreign-policy consultations on key international problems," the document said.

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