UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin believes that sanctions against Russian businessmen have achieved the desired effect.
“These sanctions are extremely important measures, it is obvious that these are very powerful tools,” he said in an interview with Fox Business.
However, with the introduction of new restrictive measures in Washington, they decided to wait for a while. As explained Mnuchin, the authorities are not afraid to use sanctions, but will not talk about specific plans on this issue.
Meanwhile, in Russia, it is believed that such statements are being used by the United States to give what is desired for reality.
“Yes, we must admit that the sanctions created additional difficulties, but Russia is not a country that can be influenced by sanctions,” said Alexander Vavilov, a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
He recalled that the sanctions hurt both the US and the EU, as they limited the possibilities of European business.
Although the US permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, earlier announced the imposition of further restrictive measures against Russia, US President Donald Trump later denied these statements . On April 18, the Russian embassy in Washington received a notification from the US administration that new sanctions against Moscow would not be introduced in the near future,RIA Novosti source in the Russian Foreign Ministry.