It is difficult to argue against the assertion though the question of whether the influence is a primary or secondary aim of sanctions is open to dispute.
A new round of U.S. sanctions expected against Moscow is an attempt to influence Russia’s domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Washington is expected to impose fresh penalties against Russia as soon as early February for its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote. Russia has repeatedly denied this.
Moscow expects the United States to present two anti-Russian reports with the sanctions, Ryabkov told Tass news agency.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Russia (RU) is estimated to have a population of 146.7 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0 million.