The head of the Ministry of Finance of the USA Jacob Lew advocated the retention of the "stiff penalties" against Russia - perhaps 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 the Russian policy regarding Ukraine, " said Lew, speaking at the financial forum.
He believes 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 ", - said the head of the Ministry.
He also said that "Europe and the United States remain United" on the issue of sanctions against Russia.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the US from point penalties against certain individuals and organizations have moved to the measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have imposed against her punishment. In June 2015, in response to the extension of the sanctions Russia has extended food embargo until 5 August 2016.
Western countries since March 2014, has repeatedly imposed punishment for Russia's position on Ukraine. On 16 September Ukraine has expanded the List of anti-Russian measures.
The list of Russian citizens and organizations that fall under punishment, - in the material of the Fins news