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New set of U.S. anti-Russia sanctions will not work

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Washington will not succeed in pressing Russia with new sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

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"Each new round of sanctions demonstrates that attempts to press Russia do not lead to the results desired by our foes," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement published on the ministry's website.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order to further implement a U.S. sanction act against Russia, blacklisting another 33 Russian entities and individuals allegedly linked to the defense sector and secret services.

Ryabkov said that imposing sanctions on Russia has become a kind of a "national sport" in the United States, as the new package of anti-Russian measures is the 60th since 2011.

He said that many U.S. politicians hoped that the ability to dictate conditions to Russia would take "a little more pressure," calling the United States to learn from history and "stop wasting efforts."

Ryabkov also warned Washington against "thoughtlessly rocking the global stability" by escalating tension in Russian-U.S. relations.

On the day updating the sanctions, U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the sanctions are "in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, cyber intrusions and attacks, interference in the 2016 elections, and other malign activities."

However, Russia has long denied the allegations of interference in the U.S. presidential elections and hacker attacks.

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