Official: Extended sanctions demonstrate U.S. unwillingness to cooperate

On March 3, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the extension of anti-Russian sanctions for another year and signed an order to that effect.

On March 3, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the extension of anti-Russian sanctions for another year and signed an order to that effect.

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Barack Obama extended anti-Russian sanctions for another year

The U.S. decision to extend anti-Russian sanctions for another year makes it clear that strategic cooperation between the two countries is out of question, Franz Klintsevich, first deputy head of the Federation Council Defense and Security Committee, said.

"The U.S. policy towards Russia has not changed. This conclusion can obviously be drawn from the order of U.S. President Barack Obama, who extended the anti-Russian sanctions for another year. They have made it clear that any strategic cooperation between the two countries is out of question," Klintsevich's press service quoted him as saying.

Hence, the Syria truce agreement between Russia and the United States conveys nothing, the parliamentarian said.

"Traditionally, the Americans act only in a way that is advantageous for them, and can step back whenever the situation changes. Sure, this does not mean they cannot be interacted with to resolve particular matters. But, at the same time, one needs to be prepared for any unexpected turn of events," Klintsevich said.

On March 3, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the extension of anti-Russian sanctions for another year and signed an order to that effect. Crimea's accession to Russia and the events in Ukraine were mentioned amongst the reasons for the sanctions.

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