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New US Sanctions on Syria a Tool to Exert Pressure on Syrian Government: Ryabkov

The United States keeps putting pressure on the Syrian government to undermine its efforts to normalize the situation in the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik on Wednesday, reacting to a new batch of Washington's sanctions on Syria.

Sanctions are one of the US tools to exert pressure on Damascus in order to make it difficult for the Syrian government to continue the work to normalize the situation in Syria, Ryabkov said, according to Sputnik.

The US administration is apparently not satisfied with the successful efforts of the legitimate government in Damascus to stabilize the situation in the country and maintain the territorial integrity of Syria, he added.

 On Tuesday, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control unveiled a new round of restrictions against Syria. It sanctioned 16 individuals and entities.

Earlier, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced the decision to impose new restrictions on the Syrian government, its supporters and those who fund the country’s industries.

Damascus has repeatedly slammed US and EU sanctions, stressing that they greatly affect the living of the Syrian people.