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The US-Russia Relations Impossible To Improve Due To Sanctions: Deripaska

The US-Russia Relations Impossible To Improve Due To Sanctions: Deripaska

Recently, Oleg Deripaska—Russian tycoon and a close intimate of Vladimir Putin (Russian President)—stated that Russia and the U.S. are more keen on “muscle flexing” than progressing their relationship. On asking whether he has expectations of cooling tensions amid Moscow and Washington whilst economic sanctions are on point, Deripaska asserted, “The way I observe it—from the U.S. side—it is not possible.” Deripaska further told to CNBC, “If you see at the actuality, Russian people and American people do not hate each other. In the heart of the Russian people, there is scope to go and start a new association but the issue is all of this intimidation from both sides.”

Deripaska in recent time filed a court case against the USDT (United States Department of Treasury) to remove the sanctions it posted on him in the past year as a part of wider retribution for Russian intrusion in the U.S. election and what the USDT stated it as “malign commotion around the world.” The billionaire commodities tycoon alleges that his wealth declined by 81%, or $7.5 Billion, as an outcome of the approvals, and that he has become “a victim of US’ political infighting.” His firms EN+ and Rusal—which is the second biggest aluminum producer globally—came under sanctions as a part of the U.S. steps in opposition to the Russian administration in April 2018.

Speaking of the U.S.-Russia relations, recently, it was stated that Turkey’s S-400 deal could boost the tensions amid US and Russia. Turkey’s plan to purchase the S-400 Russian missile defense system, jointly with Qatar, creates a new challenge by Russia to US influence in the Middle East, as per to an analysis in The Arab Weekly. Reportedly, Turkey and Qatar are in discussions with Russia to obtain the S-400 rather than the U.S. Patriot system, possibly souring US-Turkey association and adjoining a military aspect to tensions in the Gulf.

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