U.S. sanctions aimed at changing power in Russia: deputy minister

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 08, 2014 3:16 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A deputy Russian foreign minister accused the United States on Monday of trying to bring down President Vladimir Putin by imposing sanctions on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, TASS news agency reported.

"It is hardly a secret that the goal of the sanctions is to create social and economic conditions to carry out a change of power in Russia," TASS quoted Sergei Ryabkov as telling the lower house of parliament.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Timothy Heritage)