Ambassador Antonov's answers to media questions on US sanctions against Russian companies
Question: Dear Ambassador Antonov, how would you comment on the U.S. State Department decision to include three Russian companies in the "black lists" in accordance with the US Nonproliferation Act aimed at Iran, North Korea and Syria?
Anatoly Antonov: U.S. administration continues to escalate the situation artificially. Having arrogated to itself the right to judge and punish all “the unwanted", it again follows the path of introducing unilateral restrictions in circumvention of international law and the UN Security Council. Moreover, while announcing decisions to punish certain Russian enterprises, Washington is asking us to take for granted that these firms allegedly violated American non-proliferation rules. As usual, no evidence is provided to the Russian side. We consider this approach unacceptable and fundamentally contradicting the "spirit of Geneva", as well as efforts to stabilize relations between the two countries. Such actions of Washington by contrast increasingly push back the prospects for any constructive interaction.