We need to accept the fact that the Russian Federation will not abandon its current course and that the punishment here does not help, said U.S. head of the Ministry of defense Ashton Carter.
Western countries did not recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia and lay on Moscow a large share of responsibility for the conflict in the Donbass, rejecting the Russian arguments. In this regard, they are in several stages has imposed penalties against Russian politicians and businessmen, as well as the raw number and military organizations and state-owned banks.
"It is clear that the penalties affect the Russian economy. But unbeknownst to this somehow forced (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to withdraw from a course, to which he moved in the last year in Crimea, " said Carter on the results of the secret meetings in Russia with American diplomats and military leaders in Stuttgart.
"There are other things we must do in connection with that, at least as long as Putin doesn't change his course and in his own statements makes no hints that he wants to replace him. So we must adapt to this reality in the long term ", - quotes the expression of the crankcase.
"Russia is positioning itself to be hostile - and in words and in actions, and it is unlikely to hid it. So clearly we need to recognize this case, " the Minister added.
As said before from the official American delegation, the participants evaluated the effectiveness of punishments and steps to deter Russia and the issue of additional military support to European countries.
Western countries since March 2014 several times already imposed penalties because Russia's position on Ukraine. The last case of the use of such practices were the limits imposed in March 2015, when expanded sanctions List of the USA.
The list of Russian citizens and organizations who have fallen under the punishment - in the material of the Fins news