Comment by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Alexander Lukashevich, regarding extending the unilateral US sanctions against Syria affected Russian “Tempbank”.
Sanction list "against the Syrian regime and its supporters", promulgated by the U.S. Treasury remains the line of Washington’s extraterritorial application of its national law violating all commonly accepted norms of international law. Inter alia undisguised cynicism and "double standards" of the American administration which prefers a blind eye to atrocities of the Syrian opposition fighters and simultaneously "punish" socio- economic bloc SAR Government Ministers, accusing them of involvement in the anarchic violence and instability in the country keep on staggering.
We consider the decision to get OJSC “Moscow Joint-Stock Bank “Tempbank” under anti-Syrian restrictions based on the fact that it provides financial services to the Syrian Government completely unacceptable. UN Security Council didn’t adopt any resolution prohibiting cooperation with Damascus, which means bilateral financial and economic ties to be fully legitimate. Their legitimateness cannot be called into question.
We would like to remind the American side, that the language of sanctions is useless and counterproductive with Russia.
If the Administration continues to follow such vicious way, it will affect adversely our cooperation on Syrian question, and on overall climate of Russian-American relations which are going through challenging times.
source: the Ministry of Forreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (in russian)