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 Wednesday, August 9 2017 16:26
David Stepanyan

Richard Kirakosyan: The impact of the new anti-Russian sanctions on  Armenia, on the whole, will be reduced to formal manifestations

 Richard Kirakosyan: The impact of the new anti-Russian sanctions on  Armenia, on the whole, will be reduced to formal manifestations

ArmInfo. The "sanctioning war" between the United States and Russia will be quite lengthy. The director of the Center for Regional Studies Richard Kirakosyan  expressed this opinion to ArmInfo.

"The long-term policy of the current president of Russia is  characterized by a swoop to the West at any time when Moscow is  beginning to feel its weak points." I can say that in the current US  administration of Trump these weak points, primarily expressed there  is also a lack of competence, and it is not necessary to expect a  reduction in the level of tension between Washington and Moscow in  the foreseeable future, "the analyst said.

Anti-Russian sanctions came into force with the signing on August 2  by US President Donald Trump of the Senate-initiated US Congress bill  to expand sanctions against Russia, Iran and the DPRK. The day  before, US Vice President Michael Pence had called for the lifting of  sanctions "by the Kremlin's fulfillment of its obligations,"  regretfully stressing that "Russia's recent diplomatic moves are  telling the opposite."

At the same time, Kirakosyan does not agree with his colleagues who  consider imposing sanctions against Russia as a blow to the Armenian  economy. According to him, the direct negative impact of the new  anti- Russian sanctions on Armenia, as a whole, will reduce to formal  manifestations. However, the disappointing state of the Russian  economy, in his view, on the whole has a very negative impact on the  Armenians working in Russia, sending money to their homeland, and on  trade with Armenia.

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