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Russia on US-proposed sanctions against South Sudan

Author : | Published: Friday, August 21, 2015

Russia says it has reservations on a draft document circulated by the US at the United Nations, seeking sanctions on South Sudan if the government fails to sign a peace deal within two weeks.

US officials say they gave the document to members of the Security Council on Wednesday evening.

Russian diplomats say the draft implies that sanctions, including an arms embargo, will become effective as of the 1st of September, against both the government and the SPLA in Opposition.

They say the sanctions will be cancelled if President Kiir signs a peace agreement before September.

However, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Pyotr Ilyichev said his country needed more time to study the document.

“The Americans want to do that tomorrow. But we do not understand how they can finalize such a complicated resolution in such a short period of time,” Mr Ilyichev said.

He said the resolution does not mention names of people who will face sanctions. A concrete date when the draft could be put to vote has not also been mentioned.

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