Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov: "U.S. Sanctions Are a New Type of Offensive Weapon"
July 5, 2014 • 11:03AM

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's leading diplomat in charge of relations with the United States, called Washington's policy of sanctions "a new offensive strategic weapon," on Friday and warned that Russia was preparing a response, albeit not a mirror one.

"Sanctions, both declared and undeclared, are being used against a wider circle of countries and on a wider scale. I have an impression that the Washington power circles had come to the conclusion that it is sometimes simpler and cheaper to impose sanctions on some nation than use a conventional military force against it," Ryabkov said in an interview with the business daily Kommersant.

"We are sticking to the decision not to let ourselves get dragged into a new arms race, and we are not going to make any mirror replies to such steps. Still, we have to look for an antidote. There must be a defensive weapon for every offensive weapon. We are working on it now."

Ryabkov identified the reason for U.S. behavior as its belief that the United States won the Cold War, and that therefore "Moscow must succumb and behave like a junior partner in international relations and in common projects with the U.S.A."

"In essence, they reject the very possibility of us having any national interests. They reject the possibility of a model of values that is different from the one used by the U.S.A. and other Western countries," he said.