Head of the International Committee called the second round of Skripals-related US sanctions the next wave of a massive anti-Russian provocation

Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutskiy reminded that recently Scotland Yard was forced to admit that it could not find evidence of Russian involvement in the so-called poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal
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“Our diplomats still can’t get consular access to the alleged victims, as well as get acquainted with the case file. All this once again indicates that the beneficiary of the campaign under the guise of “highly likely” was far from London,” Leonid Slutskiy Slutskiy Leonid Eduardoviсh Slutskiy
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believes.

He reminded that since 2014, more than 70 different types of US anti-Russian sanctions have been introduced.

“Another restriction, in fact, just duplicates the existing anti-Russian restrictive measures. The ground is absurd — violations in the field of chemical disarmament,” the parliamentarian noted and added that under the control of the OPCW Russia has fulfilled all its obligations in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention, having completely destroyed all stockpiles on its territory back in 2017, unlike the United States, which only announces the end of the elimination process by 2023.

“However, we are required to provide evidence to Congress that Russia will not try to use chemical weapons as a condition for lifting sanctions. Where is the logic?” said Leonid Slutskiy.

He stated that sanctions have become one of Washington’s main tools for promoting its own interests in world markets. “These are dirty and dishonest competitive methods. All this only, unfortunately, widens the gap in the Russian-American dialogue,” the parliamentarian said.

“Nevertheless, not a single sanction, not a single provocation will be able to stop the progressive development of Russia, the strengthening of our economy, defense capabilities and influence on the international arena,” the Chairman of the Committee concluded.