The head of the Ministry of Finance of the USA Jacob Lew advocated the retention of "severe punishment" against Russia – can be, "the most sophisticated" ever introduced, as They gave the effect.
"the situation in the European Union, around Russia and Ukraine we are headed for punishment, which, perhaps, the most sophisticated of those that had ever injected. They are designed not to harm the Russians. They are designed to exert pressure on the decision-makers in the Russian Federation, and the Russian economy in order to change Russian policy towards Ukraine ", - has told Lew, speaking at the financial forum, reports RIA " Novosti ".
Lew is confident that the penalties had "very large effect on the Russian economy" in the end " Russia was forced to curtail certain of its operations in Ukraine "." I think, because this is the case, when you save severe punishment ", - has added the head of the Ministry. He also said that "Europe and the United States remain United" on the issue of sanctions against Russia. However, on the last working day of the week the head of the Eastern Department of the German economy Eckhard Cordes expressed the hope that German businesses that the meeting "channel four" in Paris will serve as the lifting of sanctions. Analysis Deputy head of the Ministry of economic development Alexa Likhachev, Russia's total losses from sanctions amount to 20–25 billion damage for European partners is about $ 100 billion. In June, the EU Council formally extended the penalties against Russia for another six months – until 31 January 2016. In addition, on 19 June, the Council of the European Union officially confirmed the extension of the punishment relative to the Crimea and Sevastopol until June 23, 2016. In the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said that Moscow is disappointed by the decision of Brussels on the extension of economic sanctions against Russia, noting that the EU is deliberately ignoring the fact that the prolongation of restrictive measures will result in the loss of jobs by hundreds of thousands of Europeans. The Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part, said the signing of the decree on the extension of protective measures from 6 August 2015, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia issued a decree on the extension of the countermeasures relative to the countries that supported anti-Russian punishment.