United Nations, New York. Everybody voted for the UN security council resolution against North Korea yesterday, but as soon as it was a done deal, the United States yet again hit Russia with more sanctions, prompting a real life, “Whats up with that?” momment for the Russian Federation diplomatic delegation.
Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, said at a meeting of the Security Council of the UN that the Russian authorities expect to receive an explanation from the Americans, regarding sanctions imposed against Russian nationals and some Russian companies suspected by Washington of cooperating with North Korea.
“We would like to hear explanations from the American side regarding the June 1 expansion of US sanctions against the DPRK, which affected three Russian companies and one citizen of our country,” he said.
In his opinion, such actions of the US authorities cause “bewilderment and deep disappointment.” Russia was under the impression that the Trump Administration was interested in better relations, not opportunities for conflict and disagreement.
Effective June first, The US Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control- introduced restrictive measures against the Independent Oil and Gas Company of the former head of Rosneft, Eduard Khudainatov. The sanctions were also introduced against the subsidiary oil distributor of NNK Primornefteprodukt and Ardis-Bearings LLC.
In addition, sanctions were imposed againts a Russian citizen – Igor Michurin who is affiliated with Korea Tangun Trading Corporation.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow regrets that the introduction of new sanctions by the United States occurred after Donald Trump came to power in the country. Russians have recieved truly mixed messages to the point they do not know what to expect from their “American partners.”