Kremlin says New U.S. sanctions reflect unfair competition

September 21, 2018 5:30 PM

MOSCOW, Sept 21. (Xinhua) — New U.S. sanctions reflect unfair competition on the part of Washington, in particular in the weapons market, the Kremlin said Friday.
“We can see an attempt to oust the main rival of American producers from the markets by non-market methods, by methods that are contrary to the rules and principles of international trade,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
“The products of the Russian military-industrial complex are not just competitive, but often super-competitive,” Peskov added.
On Thursday, Washington imposed sanctions on 33 Russian entities and individuals as well as some purchasers of Russian weapons.
Peskov said that the new restrictions demonstrate continued sanctions hysteria in Washington, which “does not provide an opportunity to soberly assess the prospects for the development of bilateral relations.”
These “hostile and unpredictable” actions will continue to cause harm to the relationship, which is already in a miserable state, Peskov said.
On the day updating the sanctions, U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the sanctions are “in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, cyber intrusions and attacks, interference in the 2016 elections, and other malign activities.”
However, Russia has long denied the allegations of interference in the U.S. presidential elections and hacker attacks.

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