Russia continues to see the U.S. and Europe as partners, not adversaries, a Russian diplomat told CNBC on Wednesday, shortly after Western powers sharply escalated economic sanctions against Moscow.
“We address even the U.S. as our partners, so Europeans are definitely our partners as well. We’ll try to continue to do our best to be partners in business, diplomacy, prevention of natural disaster, green economy. Partners everywhere,” said Leonid Moiseev, Russian ambassador to Singapore.
On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama joined the European Union in toughening economic pressures on Russia, seeking to pressure the Kremlin to abandon its support for separatists in Ukraine.
The latest American measures target major sectors of the Russian economy, including energy, defense and finance. The sanctions target five of Russia’s six largest state-owned banks and aim to limit their access to U.S. debt markets.