Moscow Warns Washington against Harming Russia

MOSCOW- The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that Washington's "intrusive desire to harm Russia instead of uniting efforts in countering terrorism can be costly for the American people, who have suffered from this evil many times, according to Sputnik.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry slammed US sanctions imposed on Russian Firm Sovfracht which supplies fuel to Russian aerospace forces participating in fighting terrorism in Syria.

 According to the Russian Foreign Ministry fuel supplied to Syria by Sovfracht, which was hit by Washington's restrictive measures, was intended for Russia's aerospace forces in the country.

"Washington once again demonstrated political recklessness by sanctioning employees of the Russian company Sovfracht for supplying aviation fuel to Syria," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on Wednesday.

US Restrictive Measures against Russian Firm Support Terrorists

In addition, the ministry called the US sanctions "a new outrageous attempt to extend US national laws far beyond the borders of the United States," stressing that restrictive measures against Sovfracht are "support for terrorists," since they hit the legitimate Syrian authorities, which "carry the main burden of the struggle in the interests of security in the whole world."

The statement noted that the aviation fuel delivered by Sovfracht was intended for the Russian aerospace forces that help fighting terrorist groups on Syria's soil.

The ministry's response comes after the US Justice Department indicted on federal charges at least five Russian nationals, employees of Sovfracht, and three Syrians alleging that they had sent jet fuel and money to Syria in violation of the US economic sanctions against Syria and Crimea, Sputnik reported.

Over the past several years, the United States has introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russian individuals and entities over their alleged support for the Syrian government, "interference" in Ukraine's affairs, "meddling" in Western elections and purported malicious cyber activity.

Russia has repeatedly refuted all the accusations and taken retaliatory economic restrictions. On June 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on measures to counteract "unfriendly actions of the United States and other foreign countries." The law allows for the possibility of countermeasures against the United States and its allies, which have introduced anti-Russia sanctions. It also allows for a temporary or definitive end to the cooperation with the countries or entities that have engaged in unfriendly actions toward Russia.