Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Western sanctions against Russia hurt European economies: Russian official

Sanctions against Russia have reached a deadlock and are hurting European economies, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

A vote opposing anti-Russia sanctions by the regional council of Veneto in north-eastern Italy on Wednesday shows that "the process of the anti-Russia propaganda in the context of Ukraine has reached an impasse," Zakharova was quoted by the Russian newspaper Izvestiya as saying.

The vote concerns the recognition of Crimea as part of the Russian Federation and the lifting of anti-Russia sanctions.

Stefano Valdegamberi, a regional council lawmaker, told Izvestiya that the anti-Russia sanctions were "a mistake" on Monday.

Veneto has suffered from the negative economic impacts of the sanctions, according to Valdegamberi.

The European Union has introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia since 2014, accusing Russia of being involved in the armed conflicts in Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations, and took countermeasures in August 2014, banning certain food products imported from the countries that imposed restrictions against Russia.

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