Russia Warns US Against “Spirit of Geneva”
The adoption of new American sanctions against Russia would be the worst possible scenario for relations between the two countries and would destroy “the Spirit of Geneva”, warns Moscow.
A dramatic package of new sanctions against senior Russian officials proposed by lawmakers in Washington would run counter to constructive negotiations between the leaders of the two countries just months ago, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri said. Peskov.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Peskov said the proposals, backed by an influential congressional committee earlier this week, “would significantly undermine the spirit of Geneva.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden met in the Swiss city in June for talks on a range of issues, including nuclear safeguards and the maintenance of regional stability.
“It is probably not for us to make predictions,” noted Peskov, “but it is evident that the various aspirations of members of the US Congress are not wavering. However, this bill still has to go through several stages and then the question arises as to whether the administration will put the recommendations into practice. “
He added that the White House’s approval of the new restrictions would be a betrayal of the progress made earlier this year and extinguish “the modest hopes we had of establishing some kind of substantive dialogue that emerged after Geneva.”
Members of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday backed the amendments proposed by Democratic Party Representative Tom Malinowski of New Jersey. The proposals give the federal government six months to consider imposing sanctions on 35 Russians under the “Global Magnitsky Law”.
Among those on the list of alleged “human rights” violations is Mikhail Mishustin, the Russian Prime Minister; The mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin and Peskov himself. Also included are Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, as well as journalists such as Channel 1 CEO Konstantin Ernst and RT editor Margarita Simonyan.
Talks between Biden and Putin took place earlier this year amid growing tension dividing the two countries. The Russian president later said the conversation was “constructive” and not overshadowed by major domestic policy issues.
“I don’t think there was any hostility,” he added.