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The U.S. authorities continue to impose new sanctions on the Russian Crimea on a regular basis. We were promised to face them every month or two. Therefore, we expect to find a new round of sanctions under the Christmas Tree.
On September 10, 2018, our Embassy’s representative attended another court hearing on Russian citizen, student Maria Butina’s case. Her defense sought to have her freed on bail. The attorney’s arguments were eventually ignored. The court sided with the prosecution and left Maria in prison for duration of the trial due to “a high risk of escape”. Moreover, the judge prohibited the sides to give interviews to the media. The U.S. media already brands Maria as “a Russian spy”, even though she has never been accused of being one. Now her attorney cannot even publicly deny these accusations.
I am truly honored to be here at the IMF and speak about the Bank of Russia’s monetary policy. It is a particular honor to be speaking here in honor of Michel Camdessus. My topic today -- “Russia's Rocky Road to Inflation Targeting” -- is one I hope he would enjoy. After all, he helped us begin the journey.
U.S. Department of State has raised concerns over legitimate inspections of vessels at the Sea of Azov
U.S. Department of State has raised concerns through its Spokesperson Heather Nauert over legitimate inspections of vessels at the Sea of Azov. No arrests, no detentions, simply inspections. It is noteworthy (in order to understand the policy of double standards) that not a single vessel out of the “hundreds” has been specified.
State Department avoided it on purpose, as facts of Ukrainian piracy are being muted. For instance, the seizure of the Russian fishing boat “Nord” by Ukrainian border patrool at the Sea of Azov on March 25 as an a example. Its crew consists of Crimean fishermen, who do not determine themselves as Ukrainian citizens.
We note that Maria is being kept under inhumane regime of administrative segregation forcing her to stay awake from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. This is the only time slot when she is allowed to leave her cell. She doesn’t have access to the fresh air.
Question. U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert has recently said during her press briefing that the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey and Acting Assistant Secretary David Satterfield met with you earlier this week and expressed their concerns over possible use of chemical weapons by the Assad’s forces in Idlib. How would you comment upon the words of the American senior diplomat?
Answer. Technically we are not in favor of telling the press about all of our communications with the representatives of the White House, Department of State, Congress and other US officials. However, since Ms. Nauert decided to tell about my meeting with James F. Jeffrey and David Satterfield I want to specify the details a little bit more.