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We're not going to have laws to restrict (companies), but I believe considering your reputation it would undoubtedly be in your interest to not participate in the construction of the wall. There won't be a law with sanctions, but Mexicans and Mexican consumers will know how to value those companies that are loyal to our national identity and those that are not.
Mar 22 2017
Donald J. Trump, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Sanctions. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 383 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 686 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Donald J. Trump is: “We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet. I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel. The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines.”.
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Danny Danon - United Nations

Over the years Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Her removal from the U.N. is long overdue.

Jeff Sessions

Describe any communications, not merely meetings, you had with Russian citizens during the campaign. Did you ever discuss a shift in policy on Ukraine to be exchanged for the lifting of sanctions? Describe in full the content of your conversations with Mr. Kislyak. Were you aware that the Russian ambassador was also alleged to be a recruiter of spies. Did you select Mr. Page as a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign? If not, who did? Why did you consider him suitable to serve on your team.

Yang Xiyu

It wasn't easy, but it was the right way to push the issue to a solution. Such activities violate China's adherence to those orders. The United States should say: 'Let's extend our cooperation to implementation of the United Nations resolutions on sanctions.' They should say: 'Starting with the Hongxiang case, let's move forward.

Kateryna Rozhkova

These banks have a high level of debt to their parent structures. Sanctions prevent these debts being paid.

Sherrod Brown

We should strengthen, not weaken, Russian sanctions, and the president must work with Congress on a Russia policy that is clear-eyed about our adversaries and their behavior.

Elizabeth Hoff

The impact of economic sanctions imposed on Syria heavily affected the procurement of some specific medicine including anti-cancer medicines.

Naim Der Moussa

My daughter was first diagnosed with kidney cancer and treated. Now cancer has been found also in her lungs.

Rima Salem

A child with cancer might die waiting for his turn to get treatment.

Maher Haddad

Most of the cancer medicines are imported. Pharmex used to import the stock of medicines that public hospitals need. But it has not been able to do so largely because of the economic sanctions, I believe.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Internal Turkish conflicts have no place in Germany. Election appearances which put at risk domestic peace in our country must be banned. The atmosphere that has been created by Nazi comparisons and insults must not be allowed to escalate.

Numan Kurtulmus

Pressure will continue against the Netherlands until they make up for what they did. We've started with the political, diplomatic sanctions, and economic sanctions may follow.

Numan Kurtulmus

We are doing exactly what they did to us. We are not allowing planes carrying Dutch diplomats or envoys from landing in Turkey or using our airspace. Those creating this crisis are responsible for fixing it.

Andrei Lankov

I believe Tillerson wants to achieve a greater unity of the US allies in front of the North Korean nuclear programme which is advancing faster than anybody has ever expected. In Seoul and Tokyo he wants to gain support for more pressure, and perhaps he even hopes to get something from the Chinese, to persuade them that pressing North Korea hard is in China's long-term interests. However, these efforts are not going to bear any significant results: sanctions do not have any noticeable impact on North Korea.

Jack Sullivan

This is unconscionable behavior. If those people were in the federal government, they would be subject to sanctions. Resist those pressures. Do the right thing. Vote the manager's proposal and not a dime more for the ACPS.

Mark Rutte

I believe they just wanted to come here to talk with Turkish people about the referendum. And again, it was very difficult to come to logistical arrangements.

Mark Rutte

Turkey is a proud country, but also the Netherlands is a proud country. We will never negotiate under threats, under these type of utterings of the foreign minister. So that's why we stopped discussions and we told him that he was no longer welcome that Saturday.

Omer Celik

The democracy and state of law have been violated in the Netherlands. Therefore, the EU, which depends on these values, needs to implement a very sensitive and effective policy to protect the values. If no action is taken, it will not be possible to talk about the European Union being a political union. We will surely have sanctions against the latest actions by the Netherlands. We will answer them with these.

Zhao Xianming - ZTE Corporation

ZTE acknowledges the mistakes it made, takes responsibility for them, and remains committed to positive change in the company. Instituting new compliance-focused procedures and making significant personnel changes has been a top priority for the company. We have learned many lessons from this experience and will continue on our path of becoming a model for export compliance and management excellence. We are committed to a new ZTE, compliant, healthy and trustworthy.

Wilbur Ross

Those who flout our economic sanctions and export control laws will not go unpunished. They will suffer the harshest of consequences.

Zhao Xianming - ZTE Corporation

ZTE acknowledges the mistakes it made, takes responsibility for them, and remains committed to positive change in the company.

Piotr Wilczek

We hope that people who think this way will change their minds because American leadership in this region is essential.

Carol Morello

In addition, Fox News reported that Iran had itself test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles that destroyed a floating barge over the weekend, but that could not be independently confirmed. Iran fired a medium-range ballistic missile last month, apparently violating a U.N. Security Council Resolution. The administration responded with its first economic sanctions, when it placed 13 people and 12 businesses on a list that prohibits Americans from dealing with them.

Alison Penny

Most parents do an amazing job of getting back to work and building a new life around their children's needs. The last thing we should be doing is interfering with that by putting them under pressure to find work or face sanctions. The sad truth is that it is the next generation of bereaved children who will bear the brunt of these cuts.

Darren W. Woods - ExxonMobil

Having worked with Rex for many years, Rex is going to make the decision that is best for our country. His personal circumstances or where he was in the past, I have no doubt that is not going to play in his decision making. He's been pretty busy, and I've been pretty busy. I don't really have a view or a prognosis on the relationship between our countries. We have a mix of businesses in Russia, we have a very successful business on the east coast that is not affected by the sanctions. We continue to invest and manage [there].

Donald J. Trump

We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet. I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel. The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines.

Ernesto Abella

All these accusations of circumventing police procedures should be proven in a competent court and if found meritorious should result in appropriate sanctions against the perpetrators. Failing these, such claims are mere hearsay.

Boris Schlossberg

Ironically enough, I actually think that all of this focus on the Trump-Putin ties makes it far less likely simply to have a thaw in ties, and therefore the sanctions and all the other political ramifications that surround Russia really put a huge question mark as to whether the rally can continue.

Donald J. Trump

I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel. I am calling upon Members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children. These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.

Nikki Haley

Russia just doesn't want to criticise the Assad regime for using chemical weapons. That's the truth. So what message are we sending to the world? If you are alie with China and Russia they will cover the backs of their friends who use chemical weapons to kill their own people. Some say we should focus more on ISIS.. The US condemns any use of chemical weapons by ISIS or any other non-state actor.

Vladimir Putin

I think it's absolutely inappropriate now towards the Syrian government, using sanctions. Because it doesn't help, it wouldn't help the negotiation process but would only hinder it, and would undermine trust in the negotiation process. Russia won't support any new sanctions against Syria.

Matthew Rycroft

This is about taking a stand when children are poisoned, it's that simple.

Vladimir Putin

I think it is totally inappropriate. It would undermine trust in the negotiating process. Russia will not support any new sanctions against the Syrian leadership.

Geng Shuang

According to our statistics, China has already approached the upper limits of coal imports from North Korea. So because of this, we have stopped imports of coal from North Korea with a responsible attitude.

Douglas Jacobson

It indicates the final settlement is imminent or is just a stopgap to give the new administration time to decide how they want to proceed.

Evan Medeiros

North Korea doesn't want to give up its nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are key to its survival. Talks for North Korea are really about getting sanctions relief, playing for time, playing for advantage, trying to get sanctions lifted. And so if that's the case, I think Trump's tolerance and the tolerance of the Chinese may actually be somewhat limited.

Sergei Chemezov

Yes, we have problems with turbines, because Germany and some other European countries have banned deliveries to Crimea. We are negotiating with Iran, they are manufacturing similar turbines.

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

It was our legal counsel who got a heads up from Sally Yates that something wasn't adding up with his story. I have talked to General Flynn. None of that came up. The subject matter of sanctions or the actions taken by the Obama did not come up in the conversation. We don't know of any contacts with Russian agents.

Lindsey Graham

I think it it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they've done outside the nuclear programme.

Christopher S. Murphy

There's going to be a conversation about what the proportional response is. But I don't necessarily think there's going to be partisan division over whether or not we have the ability as a Congress to speak on issues outside of the nuclear agreement. We have to make a decision whether we are going to get involved in the emerging proxy war in a bigger way than we are today, between Iran and Saudi.

Lindsey Graham

I think it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they've done outside the nuclear program. Iran is a bad actor in the greatest sense of the word when it comes to the region. To Iran, I say, if you want us to treat you differently then stop building missiles, test-firing them in defiance of U.N. resolution and writing 'Death to Israel' on the missile. That's a mixed message.

Vladimir Putin

Finally President you are inexperienced when it comes to politics – you are a former commander of the Bulgarian air force, do you see that as a hindrance or a help when you are faced with these many challenges?

Sergey Lavrov

The issue of sanctions has not been discussed. We do not discuss sanctions, we believe that this is an anomaly, and those who resorted to sanctions should, in general, assess for themselves how effective it is, to which extent it corresponds to the normal communication between the states. And to which extent the artificial desire to politicize this issue meets the interests of the states that resort to this.

Timothy Ash

More likely the Trump administration will have to bow to the established Russia view in Washington, which will more likely mean accepting more hawkish (on Russia) members into the administration, to assure Congress and likely forestalling likely damaging investigations into the administrations' Russia links. The administration can chose to fight all this, but its broader policy reform agenda will surely suffer as a result if it so chooses. Trump will need to be clever in picking his fights, and this is unlikely to be one he should wish to get pulled into.

Christopher Granville

From here, Russian diplomacy will be cautious, deliberative – looking for deals and give-and-take – while of course standing firmly on their red lines, such as Crimea.

Chuck Schumer

There needs to be an independent and transparent investigation, because the White House knew for weeks that General Flynn misled the vice president and that his discussion about sanctions with the Russian government could potentially compromise our national security, because it was subject to blackmail.

Donald J. Trump

I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while it looked like the two-state, looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly if Bibi, and if the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing – I mean ever – a nuclear weapon.

Donald J. Trump

The United States will encourage a peace and really a great peace deal. We will be working on it very, very diligently. But it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement. I'm happy with the one they like the best. The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about. One of the worst deals I've ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing - I mean ever - a nuclear weapon.

Hallie Jackson - National Broadcasting Company

NBC News is the first to report the vice president was in the dark until this past Thursday when media reports surfaced, indicating the now-former national security adviser may have talked sanctions in a call with the Russian ambassador.

Michael Flynn

If I did, believe me, the FBI would be down my throat, my clearances would be pulled. There were no lines crossed. It wasn't about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out. It was basically, Look, I know this happened. We'll review everything.' I never said anything such as, We're going to review sanctions,' or anything like that.

Bob Menéndez

We commend the administration for acting quickly and decisively as the human rights violations, political persecution and impunity in Venezuela cannot go unpunished.

David Smilde

This is a tremendous gift to Maduro as it ensures El Aissami's loyalty. It essentially increases El Aissami's exit costs and gives him a personal stake in the continuation of 'Chavismo'. To be clear, El Aissami and others should be held responsible for their actions. However, it should be understood this process has pernicious unintended consequences. I think we are effectively witnessing the creation of a rogue state.

Michael McCarthy

Open calls for regime change would play directly into Maduro's hands and undermine efforts to marshal a multilateral coalition to pressure Caracas.

Adam Schiff

If the allegations are true, (Flynn) has misled the country about something as serious as secret communications with the Russian Ambassador designed to undermine U.S. policy.

Kellyanne Conway

I won't reveal that. That's a conversation between the Vice President and him.

Alastair Newton

Just a couple of weeks ago, Washington imposed additional unilateral sanctions on Iran for a similar missile test, so we have to assume that Trump will do something.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

I was reassured by what I heard in the meetings on the intention to stick to the full implementation of the agreement. We agreed that as long as the Minsk agreements are not fully implemented, sanctions would remain in place. But I don't know if this is going to be the consolidated policy . . . I was not in the Oval Office when President Trump called President (Vladimir) Putin.

Kim Guk Bom

Our country has clearly expressed its standpoint, that we will continue to build up our capacity for self-defense, with nuclear forces and a pre-emptive strike capability as the main points, as long as our enemies continue sanctions to suppress us. We will defend the peace and security of our country at any cost, with our own effort, and we will contribute to global peace and stability.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

As to the sanctions question, I'll use the same approach that my friend Mr. Sechin took. That's a question for government.

Lindsey Graham

Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief. To provide relief at this time would send the wrong signal to Russia and our allies who face Russian oppression. Sanctions relief must be earned, not given.

Lindsey Graham

"Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief,". "To provide relief at this time would send the wrong signal to Russia and our allies who face Russian oppression.".

Ben Cardin

The president will have to engage us. And we hope that in engaging us, there will be much more support for the president's policies and it won't just be done by tweet or by spur of the moment comment.

Benjamin Netanyahu

At my upcoming meeting with President Trump in Washington, I intend to raise the renewal of sanctions against Iran in this context and in other contexts. Iranian aggression must not go unanswered.

Ayatollah Khamenei

Why should we be thankful to the previous U.S. administration? Because it imposed anti-Iranian sanctions? Because of the extremist Islamic State group? Setting the region on fire in Iraq and Syria?

Naftali Bennett

"At the end of the day, behind all the talk there is a simple question: what do we want for the future of Israel?"

Naftali Bennett

At the end of the day, behind all the talk there is a simple question: What do we want for the future of Israel?

Benjamin Netanyahu

I'd like to talk to you about how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered. Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world. And it offers provocation after provocation. That's why I welcome President Trump's assistance of new sanctions against Iran. I think other nations should follow suit, certainly responsible nations.

Boris Johnson

We'll be talking about Ukraine as well, talking about the recent upsurge in violence. Everybody is very concerned about that. The causes, as you know, aren't quite clear. There's a bit of murkiness about who initiated that. But the UK will be insisting there is no case for relaxation of the sanctions and every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.

Amir Hossein Zamani Nia

Based on the U.S. Congress sanctions, the American oil companies cannot work in Iran. Such actions have had no effect, and international companies are still keen to do business with Iran.

Theresa May

We remain committed to a two-state solution as the best way of brokering stability and peace.

Boris Johnson

The U.K. will be insisting that there is no case for the relaxation of the sanctions, every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.

Linus Antanas Linkevicius

It could erupt at any time. The sanctions must be preserved, to say the least. We see no reasons why we should lift our review. We see no improvement.

Anders Samuelsen

If the Americans change direction - I don't think they will - EU will have to play a stronger role.

Marco Rubio

Only reason we should ever lift sanctions on #Putin is if he meets conditions of sanctions & ends violations of #ukraine sovereignty.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

I cannot say where the U.S. administration stands on this, but I can say where the Europeans stand on this.

Fawaz Gerges

Both sides, the American leadership and the Iranian leadership, are playing with fire. There's a real danger that the war of words between Washington and Tehran could easily escalate into a shooting war. More sanctions by the U.S. against Iran could embolden the hard-liners in Iran, and the hard-liners would basically benefit through any major escalation between the U.S. and Iran.

Donald J. Trump

There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent? I'm not going to critique the president's every utterance, but I do think America is exceptional. America is different. We don't operate in any way the Russians do. I think there's a clear distinction here that all Americans understand, and no, I would not have characterized it that way.

Donald J. Trump

Iran is playing with fire – they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me! The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over. This behaviour seems continuous despite the very favourable deal given to Iran by the Obama Administration. These sanctions target these behaviours. Nothing is off the table.

Michael Flynn

The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over. This behaviour seems continuous despite the very favourable deal given to Iran by the Obama Administration. These sanctions target these behaviours.

Michael Flynn

The international community has been too tolerant of Iran's bad behavior. The ritual of convening a United Nations Security Council in an emergency meeting and issuing a strong statement is not enough. The Trump administration will no longer tolerate Iran's provocations that threaten our interests. The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over.

Paul Ryan

A lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube. I don't think you're going to go back and reconstitute the multilateral sanctions that were in place. I think we also need to ratchet up sanctions. I think what this administration is doing, which I agree with, is saying, We have a new administration, and we're going to hold you, Iran, to account. This last administration did not do that.

Juri Ratas

What I know and understand (is) that the U.S., they said that they keep the sanctions (against Russia)… if we are talking (about) Crimea, it is very important that we have here this common understanding between European Union and U.S.

Mark Dubowitz

This is fully consistent with the Obama administration's commitment to Congress that the nuclear deal does not preclude the use of non-nuclear sanctions.

Paul Ryan

The "swift and decisive response proves that our new administration is serious about holding the Iranian regime accountable for its illicit behavior.

Nancy Pelosi

Less than two weeks after walking into the White House, President Trump lifts sanctions on the Russian Security Service. Vladimir Putin's thugs meddle with an American election, and President Trump gives them a thank you present.

Bob Corker

I think what happened over the weekend was a wake-up call. I do think, on the other hand, when they threaten with - when they threaten us in other ways. Let's move away from the nuclear agreement when they have their naval vessels threatening ours and doing things, they need to be aware that there's a new day and we're not putting up with the things they've been doing in the region.

Donald J. Trump

I haven't eased anything. I don't want these people.

Sasha Riser-Kositsky - Eurasia Group

Pakistan's continuing loss of influence with the [U.S.] executive branch and Congress could result in some form of economic and travel sanctions. A senior White House official already suggested that Pakistan could be included on a list of terrorism-wracked countries whose citizens are now temporarily banned from entering the U.S.

Mark Dubowitz

This is part of a much broader strategy and merely a sign of coming attractions. The focus is clearly on missile procurement networks and represents a first step in the administration's escalation against Iran's missile program support for terrorism and other malign activities.

Nikki Haley

We do want to better our relations with Russia. And the crisis is spreading, endangering many more. The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.

Bob Corker

The administration, thankfully, is going to follow through on appropriately holding Iran accountable for the violations that are taking place.

Peter Szijjarto

Hungary's position on the sanctions is that they're useless and have proven to be unsuccessful and we are not lobbying for lifting the sanctions because of Russia, we are lobbying, or we are speaking in favour of lifting the sanctions because of Hungary.

Naeem Aslam - AvaTrade

It was expected that Trump's administration wouldn't be able to maintain the same relationships which were developed by Obama after years of work. These tensions could make investors a little nervous and we could see the oil market becoming volatile once again. Trump's administration has put Iran on official notice but no one really know what this really means. Nonetheless, we think this news is sufficient to bring more instability for the price of oil, and if the US puts the sanctions back on Iran, it may create more problems for its EU partners.

Dmitry Peskov

We know from the example of rocket engines that American partners never put what they need under sanctions.

Peter Szijjarto

The whole world is noticeably holding its breath while waiting to see if there will be rapprochement ... in American-Russian relations and if so, to what depth and dimension. If American pressure has been taken off European countries in terms of the sanctions – and there seems to be a good chance for this – I believe all of those who emphasized pragmatic relations and talked about the need to reevaluate the sanctions will be more courageous and that will be a new basis for debate.

Peter Harrell

I don't think when they sanctioned FSB they were intending to complicate the sale of cell phones and tablets.

Andy Lipow - Lipow Oil Associates

If the administration makes more and more statements that the Iranians consider to be provocative, the situation might turn into renewed sanctions on Iran or Iran acting in a manner that impacts the oil market in other ways.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran again launched a ballistic missile. This is a flagrant violation of a Security Council Resolution. In my upcoming meeting with President Trump, I intend to bring up the renewal of sanctions against Iran. Iran's aggression cannot be left without a response.

Mike Allen - Politico

The reason: Clintonites feel that if Obama had come out early and forcefully with evidence of Russian interference in the campaign, and perhaps quicker sanctions, she might be president today. His caution, they argue, allowed the public to have a foggy sense of clear, calculated, consistent Russian meddling in the campaign. We can't stress enough how upset some Democrats are. It's testing relationships between Clinton and Obama loyalists. It's making efforts to form a new Trump opposition coalition harder.

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

What Trump is doing is un-American. If Trump is now driving a wrecking ball through this set of values, then I will tell him as chancellor: That's not the policy of Germany and Europe. As long as the Minsk peace agreement is not fully implemented, the sanctions cannot be lifted. We must tell Putin very clearly that Russia is obliged to respect and defend international law.

Dmitry Peskov

(But) it's hardly possible to talk about any kind of deals (over sanctions). To start with we must fix the date and time of a meeting between the two presidents. Aides are working on this now. We have seen a readiness to solve difficult problems through dialogue, which President Putin has long been calling for and unfortunately in previous years did not find a response (to).

Howard Schultz - Starbucks

I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question. Building bridges, not walls, with Mexico. We stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans.

Mitch McConnell

Well, we'll wait and see. I hope the president will follow our advice and not be lifting the sanctions on the Russians.

Howard Schultz - Starbucks

I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question. We stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans. But we will continue to invest in this critically important market all the same.

Donald J. Trump

As far as the sanctions, (it is) very early to be talking about that. There goes that relationship.

Theresa May

We believe the sanctions should continue until we see the Minsk agreement fully implemented. And we've been continuing to argue that inside the European Union.

Mitch McConnell

I'm against lifting any sanctions on the Russians. These sanctions were imposed because of their behavior in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now we know they've been messing around in our elections as well. If there's any country in the world that doesn't deserve sanctions relief, it's Russia.

Sigmar Gabriel

We in Germany and France have a clear position on the sanctions. We wish to implement the Minsk peace process ... And that is the only way that sanctions can be lifted.

Donald J. Trump

As far as the sanctions, very early to be talking about that. But, we look to have a great relationship with all countries, ideally. That won't necessarily happen… But if we can have a great relationship with Russia and with China and with all the other countries, I'm all for that. That would be a tremendous asset. No guarantees, but if we can, that would be a positive, not a negative.

Donald J. Trump

We will see what happens. We look to have a great relationship with all countries, ideally. That won't necessarily happen, unfortunately, [and it] probably won't happen with many countries. But if we could have [a relationship] as we do with Prime Minister May… if we can have a great relationship with Russia and with China and with all countries, I am all for that. That would be a tremendous asset. No guarantees, but if we can, that would be a positive, not a negative.

Donald J. Trump

We'll see what happens as far as the sanctions - very early to be talking about that. I think when it irons out, you're going to have your own identity, and you are going to have the people that you want in your country. He is an expert. He is highly respected. Mexico made us look foolish. We had a very good call. I have been very strong on Mexico. I have great respect for Mexico ... but, as you know, Mexico with the United States has out-negotiated us and beat us to a pulp through our past leaders. They've made us look foolish.

Donald J. Trump

They've made us look foolish. We are going to be working on a fair relationship and a new relationship. But the United States cannot continue to lose vast amounts of business, vast amounts of companies and millions and millions of people losing their jobs. We had a very good call. I have been very strong on Mexico. I have great respect for Mexico, I love the Mexican people. I work with the Mexican people all the time. It was a very, very friendly call. I think you'll hear that form the president.

John McCain

President Donald Trump's call with Vladimir Putin is scheduled to take place amid widespread speculation that the White House is considering lifting sanctions against Russia. For the sake of America's national security and that of our allies, I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.

John McCain

I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law. For our commander in chief to think otherwise would be naive and dangerous.

Donald J. Trump

He called me after I won, but I haven't had a discussion, but I understand we will be having a discussion soon. I don't know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia that's a great thing, it's good for Russia, it's good for us, we go out together and knock the hell out of ISIS, because that's a real sickness. If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody's doing some really great things? I understand that they would like to meet, and that's absolutely fine with me.

Donald J. Trump

As far as Putin and Russia, I don't say good, bad or indifferent – I don't know the gentleman. I hope we have a fantastic relationship. That's possible, and it's also possible that we won't. We will see what happens. It was a very, very friendly call. We are going to be working on a fair relationship and a new relationship. But the United States cannot continue to lose vast amounts of business, vast amounts of companies and millions and millions of people losing their jobs. That won't happen with me.

Musaed Abdel-Karim

The results of the sanctions lift have started causing shocks in the parallel market, and speculators will incur losses. The other reason is the reception of the grant from the United Arab Emirates. This could lead the central bank to take additional measures to stabilize the exchange rate.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

If China is not going to comply with [United Nations-ordered sanctions] then it's appropriate ... for the United States to consider actions to compel them to comply.

Oleg Petropavlovskiy - BCS Financial

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Marco Rubio

Despite his extensive experience in Russia and his personal relationship with many of its leaders, he claimed he did not have sufficient information to determine whether Putin and his cronies were responsible for ordering the murder of countless dissidents, journalists and political opponents. He indicated he would support sanctions on Putin for meddling in our elections only if they met the impossible condition that they not affect U.S. businesses operating in Russia. Despite my reservations, I will support Mr. Tillerson's nomination in committee and in the full Senate.

Francois Fillon

I am convinced that the economic sanctions are totally ineffective. We must find another way to talk. I do not want (U.S. President Donald) Trump to talk with Russia at our expense. It would be damaging for Europe if Trump went above our heads, which is not inconceivable.

William Browder - Heritage Capital

While everybody is saying they are surviving with sanctions, let me tell you every morning Putin is praying for sanctions to be lifted and every evening he is praying for sanctions to be lifted. It would be the biggest single gift that could ever be given to him if it was to happen with the new Trump administration.

William Browder - Heritage Capital

They don't have enough money at $51 a barrel to do everything they want to do. It doesn't mean he's going to get kicked out but they don't have enough money. That's why he's so desperate to get sanctions lifted.

Steven Mnuchin

The president-elect has made it very clear that he would only change those sanctions if he got, quote, a better deal and we would get something in return.

Andrey Kostin

It would be very helpful. It didn't kill us, we are still working and we are still making profit in Russia, but of course that very much made our future not as bright as we expected.

Andrey Kostin

I think Mr. Trump should remove sanctions against the four leading Russian banks.

Andrey Kostin

We definitely very much believe from what Mr. Trump said that he would have a much more constructive dialogue with Russia on international affairs as well as bilateral.

Richard Nephew

Iran's leaders have probably calculated that ensuring politically connected businesses benefit from sanctions relief will protect the deal.

Dmitry Kostygin - Ulmart

America accounts for a small amount of Russian trade, and doesn't affect my business directly. But (the sanctions) have an effect on our capital markets.

Andrei Guryev

"The easing of sanctions will reopen cheap foreign capital markets again for Russian companies,". "It will stimulate local business, allow the central bank to cut interest rates and as a result spur Russia's GDP growth.".

Andrei Guryev

The easing of sanctions will reopen cheap foreign capital markets again for Russian companies. It will stimulate local business, allow the central bank to cut interest rates and as a result spur Russia's GDP growth.

Kirill Dmitriev

I cannot discuss sanctions... As far as the meeting is concerned, we have a feeling the new administration is ready to support business and economic contacts between Russian and U.S. companies. This is an important step towards mutual understanding.

Joe Biden

The international community must continue to stand as one against Russian coercion and aggression.

Joe Biden

Together with our EU and G7 partners, we made a clear that sanctions remain in place until Russia fully emphasises, fully implements, its commitments under the Minsk agreement, and that the Crimea-related sanctions against Russia must remain in place until Russia returns full control to the people of Ukraine.

Donald J. Trump

I would talk to them first. Certainly they are manipulators. But I'm not looking to do that.

Konstantin Kosachyov

We consider them (the sanctions) a stupid legacy of the outgoing White House team that need to be consigned to history along with them.

Donald J. Trump

They have sanctions on Russia - let's see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that's part of it. Beside that, he criticized Russia's intrusion into the Syrian conflict. According to the US President-elect, it led to a 'terrible humanitarian situation.

Donald J. Trump

If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody's doing some really great things? I understand that they would like to meet, and that's absolutely fine with me.

Abbas Araqchi

Nuclear talks with America are over and we have nothing else to discuss. It's quite likely that the U.S. Congress or the next administration will act against Iran and imposes new sanctions.

Donald J. Trump

Instead of saying, We're devaluating our currency,' they say, Oh, our currency is dropping.' It's not dropping. They're doing it on purpose ... Our companies can't compete with them now because our currency is strong and it's killing us.

Dmitry Peskov

Of course we'd like to see them gone but you know sanctions are not that effective. Sanctions hit the interests of the country that is under sanction but at the same time it hits the interest of the country that introduce the sanctions.

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

You could easily see a scenario whereby in the next few months Iran does something provocative in the Middle East, Congress and the new Trump administration respond with new sanctions and Iran says, Well, you've just abrogated your end of the deal, so therefore we're going to recommence our nuclear activities.

David Ignatius

What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions? The Logan Act (though never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from correspondence intending to influence a foreign government about 'disputes' with the United States. Was its spirit violated? If the Trump team's contacts helped discourage the Russians from a counter-retaliation, maybe that's a good thing. But we ought to know the facts.

Hervé Ladsous - United Nations

Despite these improvements civilians remain exposed to significant sources of insecurity, inter-communal conflict, criminality and the activities of armed militias.

John Prendergast

We will certainly seek to work with the U.S. Congress to see some of these sanctions restored, modernized, and codified in the coming months.

Farhad Parvaresh - Iran Air

Everything has been done according to the international regulations and rules up to now. We hope that nothing special happens to end this contract.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

This is a threat to the entire global economy if China is allowed to somehow dictate the terms of passage through these waters. You're going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island building stops, and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed. If China is not going to comply with those U.N. sanctions then it's appropriate for the United States to consider actions to compel them to comply.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

I would certainly want to examine all the corners, all four corners of that. I think it is important that those be dealt with on a country-by-country basis, taking all other elements into consideration the relationship -- so getting the executive the tool is one thing, requiring the executive to use it without any other considerations, I would have concerns about.

Lindsey Graham

Bottom line is, if you don't want to do anything about what Russia did, if you don't believe they're a good candidate for additional sanctions, I think a lot of people are going to look at you as not having the judgement for the job.

Ben Cardin

There's going to be a great deal of interest as to whether Mr. Tillerson understands that he is no longer going to be CEO of Exxon Mobil but that he's going to be secretary of state.

Abbas Araqchi

Iran explained its concern on the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act ... as being an reintroduction of sanctions. I think the joint commission took Iran's concern very seriously. No.

Alan Jeffries

These are all legal activities complying with the sanctions at the time. We didn't feel they were material because of the size of the transactions. They (Infineum) have an independent management that operates the entity. And it's not a U.S. entity.

Kellyanne Conway

Every single issue and criticism was fully vetted and explored many times over in this election.

Kellyanne Conway

It's a great idea for him to do this because he knows that a great deal of what he did is not going to survive this next presidency, or maybe even this next month, in some cases. You build a legacy not just by checking a box and passing legislation without a single vote from the other side. Legacies have to be sustained over time; they have to endure.

Kellyanne Conway

I predict that President Trump will want to make sure that our actions are proportionate to what occurred, based on what we know. It's curious and a little bit humorous that Democrats would talk about anything bipartisan ... given how they have vowed to obstruct everything we do.

Reza Jafarzadeh

The registration has been done, and the delivery should be by the end of the week.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

There should be sanctions because otherwise you cannot control this and you cannot go to the political talks, Astana or Geneva.

John Kirby

No question that tensions on the Korean peninsula will be a topic of discussion (but) where that is going to take us, especially in light of Kim Jong Un's speech, I don't know. We haven't ruled out the possibility of additional sanctions.

Victor Cha

How to stop this is of course difficult. It's a combination of diplomacy (to get a freeze), sanctions (Chinese ones and Treasury), moving more military assets to the region for extended deterrence, strike options, and integrated missile defence. That's what would be on my menu.

Victor Cha

How to stop this is of course difficult. It's a combination of diplomacy (to get a freeze), sanctions (Chinese ones and Treasury), moving more military assets to the region for extended deterrence, strike options, and integrated missile defense. That's what would be on my menu.

Adam Schiff

We think that more has to be done. We don't think that frankly the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent. And you're going to see bipartisan support in Congress for stronger sanctions against Russia.

Sean Spicer

China took over a million records, sensitive data of people like me who had worked in the government at any time, classified or personal information, where we lived, things we had written down on our applications, our security clearances, and not, a White House statement wasn't even issued. No action publicly was taken. So there is a question about whether there's a political retribution here versus a diplomatic response.

John McCain

We will strongly urge our colleagues toward more meaningful and stronger sanctions against Russia because of their attack on the United States of America. I believe that we must continue to improve our relations and to understand that Vladimir Putin – unless we stand up to him – will continue his aggression and we must stand up to Vladimir Putin.

Sergey Petrov

We consider these sanctions completely unsubstantiated, unreasonable and very detrimental to the bilateral relations between two neighbours, between the United States of America and the Russian Federation… they have to pack and leave within hours.

Peter Welch

This attack shows how rampant Russian hacking is. It's systemic, relentless, predatory. They will hack everywhere, even Vermont, in pursuit of opportunities to disrupt our country. We must remain vigilant, which is why I support President Obama's sanctions against Russia and its attacks on our country and what it stands for.

John McCain

I agree with the president-elect that we need to get on with our lives–without having elections being affected by any outside influence, especially Vladimir Putin, who is a thug and a murderer.

Luca Paolini - Pictet Asset Management

I like Russia for some very simple reasons: The most obvious reason is Trump, because sanctions will be lifted. But it is a little more complicated than that. It is one of the few emerging markets where we feel it is cyclical...where we think there is some decent potential in almost every scenario.

Mitch McConnell

The Russians are not our friends. Sanctions against the Russian intelligence services are a good initial step, however late in coming. As the next Congress reviews Russian actions against networks associated with the U.S. election, we must also work to ensure that any attack against the United States is met with an overwhelming response.

Sonja Laud - Baring Asset Management

We have to wait until we have more information and I think we should not forget that it is in the Presidential powers of President-elect Trump once he is inaugurated to remove these sanctions. We do not know yet but this is a possibility so that is why markets have reacted negatively but not over reacted in a meaningful way.

Alastair Winter

Prestige has already arrived in a pink bow. The Neocons will be difficult to displace even after Trump is in office and lifting the sanctions is far from certain. This explains why Russian assets rallied last week in the glow of the election result but have not since held on to all their gains.

Alastair Winter

We know the Italians are eager to lift sanctions, as are several German parties including the SPD. Of course, (Angela) Merkel and her CDU want to retain sanctions but would struggle to hold the line if the U.S. lifts them and it could be a major election issue.

Sonja Laud - Baring Asset Management

If you look at the underlying fundamentals that has been quite encouraging and I think that has been the main driver why the Ruble and the Russian assets have done quite well ahead of the U.S. elections and then accelerated because there is a very good connection between the President-elect Trump and Vladimir Putin so that has accelerated the positive newsflow.

Paul Ryan

While today's action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia. And it serves as a prime example of this administration's ineffective foreign policy that has left America weaker in the eyes of the world. Russia does not share America's interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world.

Barack Obama

All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions. In October, my Administration publicized our assessment that Russia took actions intended to interfere with the U.S. election process…. Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences.

Mitch McConnell

The Russians are not our friends. And clearly the Obama administration has not yet dissuaded them from attempting to breach our cybersecurity systems, or harass our diplomats in Moscow. Sanctions against the Russian intelligence services are a good initial step, however late in coming.

Douglas Paal

The U.S. is going to mete out sanctions quietly without publicity and Russia will be watching closely how to react. So we may not necessarily see the exchange in the headlines, it's going to be more of a 'Spy vs. Spy' situation.

Dmitry Trenin

Putin's asymmetric response to Obama's new sanctions is an investment in the incoming Trump presidency. A different kind of tit-for-tat: even as Obama seeks to constrain Trump in his Russia policy, Putin counters that step with a show of magnanimity.

John McCain
Lindsey Graham

The retaliatory measures announced by the Obama administration today are long overdue. But ultimately, they are a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy. We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia.

Donald J. Trump

It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation. These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it. No, I don't believe it at all.

Donald J. Trump

We have speed. We have a lot of other things but I'm not sure you have the kind of security that you need. But I have not spoken with the senators and I certainly will be over a period of time.

Leonid Slutsky

The US sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of 35 diplomats in 72 hours are the signs of a real paranoia. Without any grounds for it another round of extremely aggressive steps towards our country are being made basing only on mere assertions.

Lindsey Graham

I think the sanctions need to go beyond what it is today – they need to name Putin as an individual and his inner circle because nothing happens in Russia without his knowledge and approval.

Donald J. Trump

I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on.

Donald J. Trump

I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole, you know, age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I'm not sure you have that kind of security that you need. But I have not spoken with the senators, and I certainly will be over a period of time.

Lindsey Graham

I expect there will be bipartisan sanctions coming that will hit Russia hard, particularly ((President Vladimir)) Putin as an individual. It is now time for Russia to understand enough is enough.

Donald J. Trump

The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad! Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!

Maria V. Zakharova

To be honest, we are tired of the lie about the 'Russian hackers', which is being poured down in the United States from the very top.

Lindsey Graham

It is now time for Russia to understand - enough is enough. You can expect that the Congress will investigate the Russian involvement in our elections, and I predict there will be bipartisan sanctions coming that will hit Russia hard, particularly Putin as an individual.

Lindsey Graham

Bi-partisan sanctions ... will hit Russia hard, particularly (President Vladimir) Putin as an individual. Russia is trying to break the back of democracies all around the world. It is now time for Russia to understand – enough is enough.

George Kurtz - CrowdStrike

I don't know that it's enough. I think sanctions are warranted here. When we think about the overall environment, it's just too easy to create malware that's not detected by the current generation of anti-virus products. That's the reason that we're seeing a lot of these attacks. ... It's so easy to do, it's very little cost and very little opportunity to actually get caught.

George Kurtz - CrowdStrike

It just highlights, when we look at the broad, global economic environment, just how intertwined cyber is with our political – and our industrial – base.

George Kurtz - CrowdStrike

Doesn't mean that all espionage activity has dropped – certainly, if you're in the defense industrial base, you're still subject to those sorts of attacks. But in terms of actually stealing intellectual property and secrets via cyber, we've seen a substantial reduction over the past year.

George Kurtz - CrowdStrike

I think sanctions are warranted here. Does the U.S. have capabilities to take action? They certainly do. It will be up to the current and future administrations to decide what they are going to do.

Michael McFaul

Modernization is quite different from expansion. Modernization is allowed under the New START treaty; expansion is not. Putin is smartly playing down the tweet because he has several concessions that he wants to secure from President Trump -- lifting of sanctions, support for his war in Syria, recognition of Crimea as part of Russia -- and therefore does not want to rock the boat right now by reacting to this vague Trump statement.

Giovanni Salvetti

Everyone is cautious but there is a hidden consensus. There are early bird investors expecting an easing of sanctions and that the improvement of the economic situation is more rapid than the official estimates.

Riccardo Orcel

The question is not whether they will return to Russia specifically, but whether they will return to emerging markets in general ... (they) will be more active in Russia but I don't see the bulge-bracket firms building large local teams or dedicated emerging market businesses as in the past.

Riccardo Orcel

Immediately after the sanctions were imposed there was some confusion while banks learnt how to comply with them. Now that the financial community has had time to fully understand the rules the situation has improved.

Maryam Mohammed Quoreshi

We were told we shouldn't cut trees to make the environment better, and we have been noticing that the weather has improved and the sand is not moving like before.

Omer Nourin

The rich countries made the problem, so they have to help us solve this. Whoever pollutes the environment has to pay.

Maryam Mohammed Quoreshi

We never had any plans - you'd just wake up in the morning and deal with that day. You'd live in a constant state of anxiety.

John Kirby

This decision by the Treasury Department had nothing to do with the time on the clock. It had everything to do with Russia's activities and support for the separatists in Ukraine and for their occupation of Crimea.

Dmitry Peskov

We regret that Washington is continuing on this destructive path. We believe this damages bilateral relations ... Russia will take commensurate measures.

Lu Kang

Beijing strongly supports the U.N. Security Council sanctions. But we have never accepted and never approved any other countries using so-called unilateral sanctions.

John Kirby

It had to do with Russia's actions and it had to do with holding Russia accountable for what it's for its violation of Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty. The next administration will obviously have to make their own decisions about this. We hope that they will come to see the wisdom in not conducting business as usual with Russia given their continued activities.

Sergey Ryabkov

We will be expanding our lists, we will see how we can respond asymmetrically. We reserve the right to choose the timing, the venue and form of counter-moves the way that will suit us, and the way it will be relevant to our own priorities in the American direction.

Sergei Ryabkov

We retain the right to choose the time, place and form of our responsive actions in a way that suits us.

Josh Earnest

This is a message that if the United States Congress blows up the deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, they will have to deal with the grave consequences that ensue.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

NATO allies strongly support all the efforts of the UN to make this happen, both the ceasefire, delivery of humanitarian aid and of course the evacuation of civilians. This will be the first step to a more lasting sustainable political solution to the conflict in Syria.

John Kerry

Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act does not affect in any way the scope of the sanctions relief Iran is receiving under the deal or the ability of companies to do business in Iran consistent with the JCPOA.

John Kerry

(The) Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act does not affect in any way the scope of the sanctions relief Iran is receiving under the deal or the ability of companies to do business in Iran consistent with the JCPOA.

Ed Royce

Don't be fooled by Tehran's rhetoric. Iran is the only party that has broken terms of the deal.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don't find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensibly and that's a very hard thing to do.

Adam Szubin

These are the first U.S. actions specifically targeting ISIL-affiliated money services businesses, and we will continue to work aggressively to deny ISIL access to the international financial system.

Jean-Pierre Germain

It's been two years now that sanctions are in place and Russia's economic model has changed. Customers buy different products, they have a different consumption model.

Alan Jeffers - ExxonMobil

We follow the law. If a law says that a U.S. corporation is not allowed to participate in activities in a particular jurisdiction, that's what we do.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

We'll await a time in which the sanctions environment changes or the sanctions requirements change.

Michael T. Klare

As secretary of state, he would be called upon to negotiate with world leaders like Vladimir Putin. In these negotiations, one has to wonder what would influence the types of deals he is making. Questions arise over whether his actions would be benefiting his company or the interests of the United States and its allies.

Carter Page

What makes me excited about new possibilities is the chance to really work on new things to improve more from a business standpoint.

Robert Amsterdam - Amsterdam & Partners

Exxon has been willing to engage in practices that make it a first-round contender for new Russian assets.

Robert Weissman

The chances that he will view Russia with Exxon Mobil DNA are close to 100 percent.

Angela Merkel

It will be necessary to extend the sanctions against Russia again - although we would have wished for better progress in the implementation of this process.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don't find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively and that's a very hard thing to do. We always encourage the people who are making those decisions to consider the very broad collateral damage of who are they really harming with sanctions.

Jacob Parakilas - Chatham House

It's difficult to see the advantage for the U.S. in abrogating the deal at this stage. It would be nearly impossible to convince Europe, Russia and China to restore their sanctions on Iran in the absence of clear evidence of Iranian violations of the deal. So any sanctions the U.S. restored would have much less impact on the Iranian economy.

Jacob Parakilas - Chatham House

It may be possible in time to build up support for a multilateral restoration of sanctions. But at the moment that's just not really the case - and ending U.S. participation in the deal right now would make it more, not less, difficult.

Carter Page

The hostile efforts to punish Rosneft and a group of its senior executives with the help of Western sanctions have mainly hurt Western firms and not achieved their goal.

Josh Earnest

Experts at the Department of Treasury that are responsible for constructing and enforcing the sanctions regime will carefully look at a transaction like this. They'll look at the terms of the deal and evaluate what impact sanctions would have on it.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

I call on all parties to redouble their efforts to implement the Minsk agreements in full. As a first step, we need to see an immediate and full cease-fire. In the meantime, the international community must keep pressuring Russia to respect its obligations. Especially while the security situation in eastern Ukraine remains so serious, it is important that economic sanctions be maintained.

Mark Toner

The only snapback I'm aware of is obviously the snapback provision that allows us to put back in place very quickly nuclear-related sanctions.

Alexei Moiseyev

Having discussed this with some of the foreign banks and the consultants of this deal, we feel that it is going to be very difficult to sell a bank which is under sanctions, actually it is difficult to sell any company under sanctions, but particularly difficult to sell a bank under sanctions. So I guess in order for us to sell with not too deep a discount, we have to wait.

Hassan Rouhani

We are committed to an acceptable implementation of the deal, but in response to noncommitment, violation, or hesitation in its implementation, we will act promptly.

Giancarlo Sopo

Both younger and older Cuban Americans care about Cuba, but we express that passion in different ways. My father was a Bay of Pigs veteran. For his generation caring about Cuba meant supporting sanctions. My generation has taken a different approach. My generation wants to go to the island, meet their peers, reconnect with their families and learn about the cultural affairs. The focus has broadened, but we still very much respect their pain.

Hassan Rouhani

America's president is obliged to exercise his authority by preventing its approval and particularly its implementation ... and if this gross violation is carried out we will firmly respond.

Boris Zilberman

It's not that Putin is against the Democratic Party. He's more against the United States and (for) whatever may push Russian interests.

Boris Zilberman

Production is dwindling over time, so they're going into new, offshore, deep-water drilling in the Arctic and so on, and to do that, they really need Western technology.

Laura Galante - FireEye

Weaponizing information is really about who gets to write 'the truth' – who gets to write the narrative, and who benefits from that narrative – and that is incredibly powerful.

Boris Zilberman

It's not that Putin is against the Democratic party. He's more against the United States and (for) whatever may push Russian interests. There's nothing saying that next time they won't hack Republicans and expose Trump administration emails if it benefits them.

Han Song Ryol

We categorically reject the U.N. Security Council resolution on sanctions against our country. The adoption of the resolution is another open denial of our country's right to self-defense, which goes beyond the mandate of the U.N. Security Council - this is an abuse of power and an infringement upon the sovereignty of our country.

Shinzo Abe

We decided to impose further sanctions to those already in place to comprehensively resolve various issues such as abductees, nuclear, and missiles after coordination with the US and related nations. We will closely monitor how North Korea will respond to the newly adopted UN resolution.

Bahram Ghassemi

The American government is responsible of carrying out its international commitments ... The U.S. president has accepted to use its authority to prevent such measures.

Alexei Navalny

For obvious reasons -- Trump's victory, the successes of right-wing politicians in Europe, the talk about the sanctions lifting soon -- it was impossible to keep shouting about Russia being encircled by enemies. That made the speech quite hollow. There are just lies about 'successes' and promises that have been given for 17 years.

Liu Jieyi

The Chinese government firmly opposes such an act. The resolution adopted by the council today demonstrates the uniform stand of the international community against the development by the DPRK of its nuclear and missile programs and for the maintenance of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Samantha Power - United Nations

Today's resolution systematically goes after each of these illicit schemes.

Koro Bessho - United Nations

We are introducing the sanctions, not for the sake of introducing sanctions, but in order to change the course of DPRK policy. If the DPRK shows commitment to denuclearization, serious commitment and concrete actions, we are certainly ready to come into dialogue with them and try to solve the situation.

Stephen Gillers

That's bad for Trump, but it's not the same as having a judge instruct a party in court that unless you buckle up and do what I say you're back in court and I'll impose more dramatic sanctions.

Khalid al-Falih

We have agreed to a waiver from a cut to Iran in recognition of the impact of the sanctions on their economy and their industry.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

It would weaken the objective of resolving this conflict and would be a victory to those who endangered the security of a country.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

Abandoning the Minsk accords would be a mistake for our strategic interests.

Geng Shuang

At present the Security Council members are having consultations on the draft. We hope Security Council members can reach consensus on the draft as soon as possible, to send a clear and united message.

John Kilduff - Again Capital

I think it's a reason for Iran in particular, not to do a deal. If they are expecting a revision of the nuclear deal, a re-tightening of the sanctions or even just unilaterally, it's going to make life difficult for them again. You saw the talks break down. The Iranians were accusing the Saudis of reneging on some big promises. I assume they were reneging on Iran being exempt from the cuts.

Mike Wittner - Société Générale

The biggest potential impact of Trump's presidency on the oil markets may well be geopolitics, rather than energy or environmental policy. Specifically, if he does tear up the Iran nuclear deal and - more to the point - unilaterally reimpose US financial and banking sanctions on Iran, that would once again reduce Iran's crude exports by making it very difficult for customers to pay Iran.

Rodrigo Azeredo

The U.S. government feels almost obliged to update its partners on the sanctions on Iran. They want to show that Iran can benefit too from the nuclear accord.

Holger Schmieding - Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

She will ask other countries in Europe to reform without really backing sanctions on those who don't.

Alastair Winter

We know the Italians are eager to lift sanctions, as are several German parties including the SPD. Of course, (Angela) Merkel and her CDU want to retain sanctions but would struggle to hold the line if the US lifts them and it could be a major election issue.

Bryan Carter

We were honest and gave them feedback that because of the spirit of the sanctions we would not be taking part.

Mitch McConnell

Yes, we are going to pass that. We're going to take up the House bill. I think it's already held at the desk. And we're going to pass it.

Barack Obama

In recent years we made historic investments in NATO, increased America's presence in Europe and today's NATO, the world's greatest alliance, is as strong and as ready as it has ever been.

Barack Obama

And I am confident that just as America's commitment to the transatlantic alliance has endured for seven decades, whether it's been under a Democratic or a Republican administration, that commitment will continue, including our pledge and our treaty obligation to defend every ally.

Eliot Engel

Even after a hard-fought election here at home and power changing hands, American leadership on the global stage won't falter.

Ed Royce

Its expiration would compound the damage done by the president's dangerous nuclear deal and send a message that the United States will no longer oppose the destructive role of Iran in the Middle East.

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Iran has ramped up. Iran is back to pre-sanctions levels, but can Iran do much more without foreign investment? And this is where the Trump election becomes very, very important.

Dmitry Medvedev

Irrespective of the results of elections in any country, including in one as important as the United States of America, our assumptions remain unchanged.

Chris Weafer - Eurasia Group

I believe that Trump is a practical man; he will lift sanctions on Russia that are harmful to US business,'' Mr Putin aide Sergei Glazyev told the state news agency ITAR Tass. I don't see the US dropping sanctions ahead of the Europeans ... and Europe doesn't seem to be in any mood to drop sanctions any time soon.

Donald J. Trump

But in the shorter to medium-term, the possible removal of sanctions will enable Russia to invest more and grow faster. Global investors have been surprised by the improvement in Russia's economy this year (it shrank by around 0.5 percent while many thought it would shrink 2 percent) and we think growth will be closer to 2 percent in 2017 than the 1 percent assumed by consensus.

Georgy Bovt

For Russia the key point is Ukraine. If Trump says that America does not care about Ukraine, then that is all that Russia wants to hear right now.

Charles Robertson - Renaissance Capital

Clearly the chances of sanctions being lifted on Russia have risen substantially. That would improve the investment climate for Russia.

Sergei Markov

The problem is that both of them, Putin and Trump, are macho. They could try to take the measure of each other. We can't let that happen.

Masha Lipman

I think we can suggest, with some humility, that Russia will try to take advantage of this result. But if we are in for any kind of rapprochement, it will take concessions on both sides.

Donald Selkin - National Securities

With Brexit, we had one bad day, but this is different. His tax cuts could open up a huge increase in the budget deficit and his trade sanctions could interrupt world trade. This could put us in a recession.

Patrick Pouyanne

Total will develop the project in strict compliance with national and international laws. This project fits with the Group's strategy of expanding its presence in the Middle East, where the origins of the Group lie.

Patrick Pouyanne

We developed some phases of South Pars in the past. We were on the verge of sanctioning a project in 2010 just before the sanctions.

Justine Walker

What we will see is gradual movements (by banks into Iran). Unless the U.S. lifts primary sanctions, there is not going to be a set day ... banks will get to that stage at different times.

Sergey Lavrov

President Putin has suggested that we start thinking about a Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Syria. We think that terrorists are not the only ones responsible for the worsening of the socio-economic situation of the Syrian people but also the countries that are behind the illegal economic sanctions against Syria which strike first hand the civilian population.

Konrad Szymanski

By supporting Nord Stream 2, the EU in effect gives succour to a regime whose aggression it seeks to punish through sanctions. This contradiction is unsustainable.

Francois Hollande

At this stage, there are no sanctions linked to the Russian intervention in Syria. If there are new massacres, bombing, we'll need to start by sanctioning the Syrians who are responsible; if it continues bombing, Russia will also expose itself to a response from the EU, but we're not there yet.

Matteo Renzi

We should do everything possible for a peace deal in Syria but it's difficult to imagine that this should be linked to further sanctions on Russia.

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

In my eyes there is no room for additional sanctions, for that you need unanimity. There is also no room for lifting the sanctions, I find this correct, because as long as the Minsk agreement is not entirely applied we should not lift the sanctions.

John Nelson

We have to just be clear, the U.S. sanctions are still very restrictive.

Donald Tusk - European Council

Having in mind examples of this, it is clear that Russia's strategy is to weaken the EU. Our purpose is not to escalate the pressure with Russia. We are simply reacting to steps taken by Moscow. Of course, the EU is ready to conduct a dialogue with Russia but we will not compromise our values or principles.

Angela Merkel

If the intensity of the bombing that we've seen in recent days continues, then that would be a reason for us to think about what we do next.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

This may be used to increase attacks on Aleppo ... to increase human suffering.

Stefan Lofven

One option is sanctions. I don't think there's unity but I think it should be on the table, that this should be an option for the future.

Theresa May

We must show that robust and united European stance in the face of Russian aggression. It's vital that we work together to continue to put pressure on Russia to stop its appalling atrocities, its sickening atrocities in Syria.

Francois Hollande

All the options are open as long as the truce is not respected and as long as there is a will to crush a city, Aleppo. I go into this European Council to convince the Europeans that we should apply all the pressure required to prolong the truce, to allow humanitarian aid to reach the population and to have a political discussion.

Theresa May

We must continue that robust and united European stance in the face of Russian aggression. It's vital that we work together to continue to put pressure on Russia to stop its appalling atrocities, its sickening atrocities, in Syria.

Angela Merkel

I hope that we as the European Council are in a position to make clear that what is happening in Aleppo, with Russian support, is completely inhuman. So there must be work as soon as possible on achieving a cease-fire – not just one over several hours per day, followed by many hours of bombing, but a lasting cease-fire. And above all getting humanitarian aid to people.

Mark Toner

I don't think we see any violation of any US or EU sanctions stemming from this deal.

Angela Merkel

Given this situation, I believe no option - including that of sanctions - can be taken off the table. But the priority must first be to relieve the pain of the people. That will be an issue tomorrow. There again, no wonders are to be expected.

Angela Merkel

I am of the opinion that no options, including that of sanctions, can be taken off the table in view of the situation, but the priority is that we look at lessening people's suffering in some way, and that will be an issue tomorrow. We can't expect miracles there either. But talking is always necessary, even when opinions are a long way apart.

Boris Johnson

Of course it is right that the UK and the Russian Federation should continue to cooperate and to engage in all the areas where we have common interests.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Today we will focus on all tracks, but again, on sanctions on Russia – that was not proposed by any member state at this moment.

Boris Johnson

The future salvation of Aleppo lies really on the Assad regime and above all with the Russians. It is up to them to pull the plug on this thing, to see sense and I appeal to the greatness of the Russian people to to choose a different path.

Naela Gabr

It includes a definition of smuggling of migrants. We were lacking such a definition in our law and accordingly the smugglers used to escape ... and there are the sanctions that could reach up to 25 years in prison.

Andrey Kostin

Rosneft will not get a controlling stake, partly because of these reasons (sanctions).

Gary Ross

We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology. This provocation only serves to increase the international community's resolve to counter the DPRK's prohibited activities, including through implementing existing U.N. Security Council sanctions.

Prashant Ruia

The way it is structured, it is fully compliant. We are well within the rules that govern Russian companies.

Prashant Ruia

It was an emotional decision, it was a very tough decision. It was difficult decision for people involved in the company and those who were involved in the business and building it.

Andrey Kostin

Trafigura and Rosneft are paying on their own, with no funds lent from VTB. They (the buyers) will pay with cash, it is a cash deal.

Andrey Kostin

I think UCP, which is a portfolio fund, will ... sell, maybe to firms from this region, from Asia. (Rosneft)may also sell, but it is likely to hold on. It sees an opportunity to expand in the region.

Christophe Salmon

Iran is a very promising country for many companies including ourselves. But so far what we have done since the sanctions were lifted, it's really small.

Torbjorn Tornqvist - Gunvor Group

We shouldn't also forget that the Iranians ... when it comes to crude oil, are extremely skilful in their marketing. They need to know where it (crude) goes and to whom. And we see very little change: 'this is what we did before sanctions and this is what we'll continue to do after the sanctions'.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

Our priority is not to enter in a cycle of sanctions just for the sake of sanctions. Our priority and determination is to convince everybody to stop bombing Aleppo and to allow access for humanitarian aid as quickly as possible, and to resume the political process as soon as possible.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Here comes the American authorities that says 'Oh, you collected new capital, we'll take that out as a fine'. Don't get me wrong. Deutsche (Bank) has been involved in all kinds of scandals. They need to take their sanctions, but they need to be fair and effective and the last thing we want is for fines to threaten financial stability of the European banking sector.

Barack Obama

I have determined that the situation that gave rise to the national emergency with respect to Burma has been significantly altered by Burma's substantial advances to promote democracy, including historic elections in November 2015.

Romain Nadal

It is necessary to act to stop the situation from worsening in DRC (the Congo). France wants the European Union to use all means at its disposal, including if necessary and in function of the evolution of the situation, resorting to sanctions' measures against those guilty of serious human rights violations or those who block an exit to the crisis.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The constitution must be respected, a date must be fixed for the elections and a real national dialogue needs to really take place. Mr Kabila does not have the right to stand for re-election and he needs to set the example.

Derek Chollet

In fact, if anything, what I've heard from Europeans is that the intervention in Syria last year was so shocking in its brutality that it quashed any sort of momentum there was to lift sanctions against Russia in Ukraine.

Miftah Ismail

If India does (go ahead with economic sanctions), Pakistan will somehow react, and we will further impoverish the people in both countries. I don't see anything good coming out of this.

Hillary Clinton

We have laws in our country, and the efforts that Trump was making to get into the Cuban market – putting his business interests ahead of the laws of the United States and the requirements that businesses were operating under with sanctions shows that he puts his personal and business interests ahead of the laws and values and the policies of the United States of America.

Daniel Fried

It would also be useful if Chinese banks and companies understood that increasingly dealing with North Korean companies, especially those that are sanctioned, is going to be risky, [and] frankly, not worth it. The best sanctions are those that do not have to be applied because the credible threat of sanctions acts as a deterrent.

Adam Szubin

Today's action exposes a key illicit network supporting North Korea's weapons proliferation. [Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co. Ltd.,] and its employees sought to evade U.S. and U.N. sanctions, facilitating access to the U.S. financial system by a designated entity. Treasury will take forceful action to pressure North Korea's proliferation network and to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse.

Ernest Moniz

The sanctions that were to be relieved have been relieved. That's what was the commitment. That has happened. The consequences of that in terms of how many companies make foreign direct investments in Iran is not for the government to decide, that's for companies to decide.

Ernest Moniz

Banks are going to have to have more clarity, going to have to have more business confidence, which will take time.

Gregg Wolper - Morningstar

People are evaluating the effects of sanctions better now. Certainly, things have not cleared up and aren't in good shape by any means, but from an investor perspective some people feel more confident putting money in Russia.

Timothy Ash

Moscow will be eager through this tap to send a message that it can still finance itself in the market – circumventing or eroding the impact of Western sanctions.

Anton Siluanov

We saw a huge demand from investors... Around 200 investors from the United States, Britain, Europe, Asia and Russia submitted their bids. Placement was done in less than 10 hours.

Michael Bolliger - UBS Wealth Management

The combination of a global hunt for yield and the lack of Russian securities after 2 years of sanctions is creating a very strong technical backdrop so I wouldn't be surprised if this or any other Russian issue triggered a lot of interest among investors.

Artem Zhavoronkov - Dentons

In general, EU-based parent companies can be held liable if they have instructed their local unit to act in violation of the sanctions.

Andrey Kostin

Sanctions (are) not something which is related to the bank. It is something that is related to geopolitics and at the moment I don't see too much changes in the geopolitics ... and with the American elections coming I think we will have to wait a little bit longer to see any improvement in the relationship between Russia and the United States for example.

Andrey Kostin

As far as Europe is concerned, yes, there is a different opinion among members with regards to sanctions, but I don't know, it is very hard for me to predict (for how long sanctions will last). For the moment, we perceive … the sanctions will stay for another year or so.

Thomas Perriello

Unfortunately, the pattern over the last year has been to dramatically reduce that open political space … We have seen a crackdown on the rights and freedoms of Congolese people. We remain ready to impose additional targeted sanctions on individuals who have been involved in abuses or violence.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

What counts is the date of the elections. If the elections keep getting postponed it means that Mr Kabila wants to stay in power by all means.

Bertrand Grabowski - DVB Bank

"The problem for European banks is that we don't know the conditions under which OFAC will approve (the deals) and the second is that it is a question of reputation". "Even if OFAC gives approval, what most of the big European banks fear, because they have great franchises in the U.S., is that there may be some fight-back in an unknown form and at an unknown time for the business they may have with Iran".

Bertrand Grabowski - DVB Bank

The problem for European banks is that we don't know the conditions under which OFAC will approve (the deals) and the second is that it is a question of reputation. Even if OFAC gives approval, what most of the big European banks fear, because they have great franchises in the U.S., is that there may be some fight-back in an unknown form and at an unknown time for the business they may have with Iran.

Shen Wenhui

In putting sanctions on North Korea, the international community must reduce the effect on ordinary people to the greatest possible extent.

Victor Shum - IHS

The only way for producers to maximize their revenues in a low oil price environment to meet budget requirements is to raise production. So there is unlikely to be any supply deal ... in late September.

Barack Obama

In part because of the progress we've seen over the last several months, I indicated after consulting with Daw Suu that the United States is now prepared to lift sanctions we've imposed upon Burma for quite some time. It is the right thing to do in order to ensure the people of Burma see the rewards from a new way of doing business and a new government.

Hein Aung

When we have more economic development, grassroots-level people will have more hope to have a better life in the future. The current economic situations really hurt the grassroots-level people right now.

Peter Kucik

The original focus of sanctions was to bring Myanmar to where it is now, a country with a recognized democratically elected government. Sanctions were imposed in the aftermath of the 1990 election when the military rejected the vote results.

John Sifton

Lifting restrictions on doing business with Burma's military and its corporate enterprises, as well as the friends and cronies who been enriched by their decades of rule, is not the right thing to do. It benefits largely them, and few others, and certainly not the people of Burma in general.

Matt Smith

Lifting all sanctions now will embolden the Myanmar military and its partners. This decision was hasty and fails to recognize political realities on the ground.

John Sifton

Obama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi just took important tools out of their collective tool kit for dealing with the Burmese military, and threw them into the garbage.

Aung San Suu Kyi

We want to make sure that everybody who is entitled to citizenship is accorded citizenship as quickly and as fairly as possible. This is what we are trying to do in Rakhine.

Aung San Suu Kyi

We would like to invite all of you to come to see country to see why you should invest there and to see how you can invest there in such a way that you can benefit from it as much as we can.

Barack Obama

I think this will give the United States, our businesses, our nonprofit institutions greater incentive to invest and participate in what we hope will be an increasingly democratic and prosperous partner for us in the region.

Jack Lew - U.S Treasury

I think sanctions have effectively cut North Korea off from the global economy.

Christopher Hill

If you look at the map of the Korean Peninsula, you see so many urban areas of South Korea right up there on the border.

Christopher Hill

Their military testing program seems to be going faster than our policy adjustment to try to deal with them.

Christopher Hill

Many Chinese are embarrassed about this legacy of the past but there are other Chinese, notably in the security services, who regard pressure on North Korea as offering the possibility that North Korea would collapse and that a collapse of North Korea would mean Republic of Korea is the successor state and for them they see this as a victory for the U.S. and a defeat for China.

Christopher Hill

I think there needs to be some effort, some imagination devoted to figuring out how to slow down this nuclear program.

Sung Kim

In addition to action in the Security Council, both the US and Japan, together with the Republic of Korea, will be looking at unilateral measures, as well as bilateral measures, as well as possible trilateral cooperation. We will be working very closely in the Security Council and beyond to come up with the strongest possible measure against North Korea's latest actions.

Jin Qiangyi

Of course political and military sanctions need to be stepped up, but civilian opening up and exchanges must be strengthened too.

Sung Kim

In addition to action in the Security Council, both the U.S. and Japan, together with the Republic of Korea, will be looking at unilateral measures, as well as bilateral measures, as well as possible trilateral cooperation.

Sung Kim

We will be working together very closely in the Security Council and beyond to come up the strongest possible measure against North Korea's latest action. In addition to sanctions in the Security Council, both the U.S. and Japan, together with the ROK (South Korea), we will be looking at unilateral measures.

Sung Kim

We will be working very closely in the Security Council and beyond to come up with the strongest possible measure against North Korea's latest actions.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

For the fifth time in recent years, the DPRK alone has broken the international norm against nuclear tests. This unacceptable act endangers peace and security in the region and is another vivid reminder of the urgent need to strengthen the global nuclear test ban regime.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

This is yet another brazen breach of the resolutions of the Security Council. This unacceptable act endangers peace and security in the region and is another vivid reminder of the urgent need to strengthen the global nuclear test ban regime.

Samantha Power - United Nations

This is more than brazen defiance. North Korea is seeking to perfect its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strike. The council must use every tool at its disposal to change North Korea's calculus.

Cai Jian

We don't put sanctions on the ordinary people, as that would affect the stability of the whole country.

Robert Manning

I think the fifth test will be an occasion where we can close some of the loopholes of the previous sanctions.

Samantha Power - United Nations

Today the world is completely united in condemnation of the DPRK's fifth nuclear test. This is more than brazen defiance. North Korea is seeking to perfect its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strike.

Samantha Power - United Nations

This is more than brazen defiance. North Korea is seeking to perfect its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strikes.

Hillary Clinton

I support President Obama's call to both strengthen the sanctions passed earlier this year with the United Nations and to impose additional sanctions.

Barack Obama

Nuclear weapons must be prohibited in order to pursue stability and peace in East Asia.

Francois Delattre

North Korea will have to bear the consequences of its act and provocation.

Matthew Rycroft

The U.K. will be pushing for as robust and speedy a response as possible.

Liu Jieyi

We're opposed to the testing and we believe that it is more urgent than ever to work together to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. All sides should refrain from mutual provocation and any action that might exacerbate the situation.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I count on the Security Council to remain united and take appropriate action. We must urgently break this accelerating spiral of escalation.

Francois Delattre

Weakness is simply not an option, North Korea will have to bear the consequences of its actions and provocations. France calls for the adoption as soon as possible of a new resolution.

Samantha Power - United Nations

And we will take additional significant steps, including new sanctions, to demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to its unlawful and dangerous actions.

Barack Obama

To be clear, the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state.

Tim Kaine

Hillary Clinton is going to use that sanctions power to the utmost to really squeeze those who are supplying North Korea. I think this is a wake-up call for them.

Timothy Stafford

While its still smaller than the U.S. weapons used in 1945, it signals that the North Koreans are making advances despite economic sanctions. The U.S. should be increasingly worried.

Jin Qiangyi

If North Korea does not listen, of course we can try pressure, to use sanctions to resolve things. But if that does not work what then? Is there anything else we can do? The answer is no.

Tadashi Kimiya

"Sanctions have already been imposed on almost everything possible, so the policy is at an impasse". "In reality, the means by which the United States, South Korea and Japan can put pressure on North Korea have reached their limits".

Jeffrey Lewis

The important thing is, that five tests in, they now have a lot of nuclear test experience. They aren't a backwards state any more.

Ash Carter

It's China's responsibility. China has and shares an important responsibility for this development and has an important responsibility to reverse it.

Tadashi Kimiya

Sanctions have already been imposed on almost everything possible, so the policy is at an impasse. In reality, the means by which the United States, South Korea and Japan can put pressure on North Korea have reached their limits.

Scott Blackmun

As we have said previously, the behavior of these athletes was not acceptable. It unfairly maligned our hosts and diverted attention away from the historic achievements of Team USA. Each of the athletes has accepted responsibility for his actions and accepted the appropriate sanctions.

Koh Yu-Hwan

It seems that the North has decided to play an 'end game' where they push things to see how far they can go. It's already being heavily sanctioned and there will be little room for any new sanctions that will meaningfully hurt them more.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

There's growing concern in Washington that it's just a matter of time until North Korea will be able to put missile development and nuclear technology together. The question now, of course, is can the Obama administration orchestrate new ways of inflicting more pain on North Korea, which is already under sweeping sanctions.

Jin Qiangyi

We can't completely not cooperate with the United States, but we can't completely be at their beck and call. If North Korea does not listen, of course we can try pressure, to use sanctions to resolve things.

Scott Blackmun

Each of the athletes has accepted responsibility for his actions and accepted the appropriate sanctions.

Seyed Mohsen Ghamsari - National Iranian Oil Company

Our current rate of production is slightly over 3.8 million barrels per day and before sanctions we were over 4 million.

Barack Obama

If it is willing to recognize its international obligations and enforce the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the opportunities for us to dialogue with them are there. We do not have any interest in an offensive approach to North Korea.'.

Barack Obama

We are going to work diligently together with the most recent U.N. sanctions. We're going to work together to make sure we're closing loopholes and make them even more effective.

Barack Obama

If it is willing to recognize its international obligations and enforce the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the opportunities for us to dialogue with them are there. We do not have any interest in an offensive approach to North Korea.

Barack Obama

We are going to work diligently together with the most recent U.N. sanctions.

Barack Obama

President Park and I agreed that the entire international community needs to implement these sanctions fully and hold North Korea accountable.

Mohsen Ghamsari

We are ready to negotiate the level of production as soon as we come back to the production before sanctions.

Vladimir Putin

Iran is starting from a very low position, connected with the well-known sanctions in relation to this country. It would be unfair to leave it on this sanctioned level.

Vladimir Putin

Iran is starting from a very low position, connected with the well-known sanctions in relation to this country. It would be unfair to leave it on this sanctioned level. I am confident that everyone understands that. We believe that this is the right decision for world energy.

Matthew Rycroft

The sorts of things we will be looking at are the imposition of a sanctions regime and some form of accountability within international legal mechanisms.

Louis Charbonneau - United Nations Security Council

This has been a political minefield for five and a half years but we have something different, we have a U.N.-backed mechanism with a report. We have it in black and white that the Syrian Government and ISIS are responsible for using chemical weapons, it's a crime and the Security Council has many tools it can use, so we expect them to use them all.

Mariano Rajoy

The consequences would be extremely grave. Among other things, there would be sanctions against our country and a loss of important European funding sources. And a significant loss of credibility gained through the years.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We are working with our partners in the U.N. Security Council, notably the United States and Britain, on a resolution condemning the attacks under Chapter 7. This means sanctions against the perpetrators of these crimes and those responsible for these abominations.

Sawsan Chebli

There are no improvements, especially when it comes to security. The negotiations had reached deadlock also in other areas such as political reforms and local elections. Still despite the difficult situation and repeated setbacks we think it's important that we keep on trying and do everything we can to make the Minsk peace plan a success.

Sam Mathias

We're a smaller banana supplier, therefore the economics are very touch and go. You reduce our annual volume by a little bit, it does make a big difference.

Jose Alpuche

Those would have been bananas that were already ready for harvest and for shipment, so the minute he was stopped, then we lost his portion of exports.

Angus Nicholson

The levity seen in oil prices spread throughout the rest of the commodity complex, assisted by some U.S. dollar weakness. The Saudis are happy to commit to some sort of OPEC-wide supply freeze deal so long as Iran is party to it. And Iran refuses to agree to any deal that will inhibit them from lifting their oil output to pre-sanctions level.

Marc Waha - Norton Rose Fulbright

Because the statutory maximum fine is very low, MOFCOM decided to start 'naming and shaming' noncompliant parties in late 2014. MOFCOM officials remain frustrated, however, with some parties thinking the low sanctions are worth taking the risk, and have publicly advocated for an increase in these sanctions when China's Antimonopoly Law is revised.

Wolfango Piccoli

The opportunist Russia-Turkey convergence will raise renewed concerns about Ankara's western ties but will not lead to a departure from NATO. Relations would only slowly return to normal. Russian economic sanctions will be lifted only gradually. (Although) a commitment to restart bilateral energy projects such as the Turkish Stream gas pipeline is likely (today).

Gary Ross

This provocation only serves to increase the international community's resolve to counter [North Korea's] prohibited activities, including through implementing existing U.N. Security Council sanctions.

Fredrik Wesslau - European Council

Instead of implementing Minsk, Moscow is trying to split Europe and undermine the sanctions policy.

Adam Szubin

From expanding its weapons of mass destruction program to inflicting horrific violence upon the Syrian people, the Assad regime relentlessly engages in destabilizing behavior. Treasury will continue to act against those responsible for fueling the Assad regime's repressive actions and dangerous weapons proliferation.

Barack Obama

The security of America and Europe is indivisible. Here in Europe, we'll continue to support Ukraine as it undertakes important economic and political reforms. The U.S. and EU are united in our commitment to maintaining sanctions on Russia until they fully implement its obligations under the Minsk (Ukraine ceasefire) agreement.

Jeroen Dijseelbloem - Eurogroup

"For both countries it is true that there are budgetary issues and they still need to be resolved. So the question really is: what more can these countries do? How much time is needed to sort out the budgetary problems?,"

Matthew Rojansky

This makes Russia's rhetoric about the hollowness of Western values and institutions more persuasive, which is good for Moscow, but on the other hand it throws down a gauntlet to the remaining EU leaders who I think will be under pressure to maintain unity on sanctions at the end of the year.

Heather Conley

There's just not going to be an enormous amount of attention of policy bandwidth given to the migration crisis, fighting ISIS, or focusing on continued ceasefire violations in Ukraine and maintaining sanctions against Russia. It comes down to when we need the UK and its leadership, whether in the Security Council or NATO, its attentions will be focussed domestically.

Han Song Ryol

It's the United States that caused this issue. They have to stop their military threats, sanctions and economic pressure. Without doing so, it's like they are telling us to reconcile while they are putting a gun to our forehead.

Lauren Goodrich - Strategic Forecasting

Russia is attempting to show the West that it is not isolated from the world. It hosted its economic forum in St. Petersburg last week drawing a string of powerful businessmen and politicians. Putin is now headed to China, and will likely visit Japan in September.

Lauren Goodrich - Strategic Forecasting

Russia is desperate for new partners and markets for its military industry--which China can foster.

Patrizia Grieco - Enel

We generate and sell energy in the country ... I do not believe that we have jeopardized, in any way, the sanctions.

Patrizia Grieco - Enel

We have been staying in Russia since 12 years, since 2004, and so it's a long lasting relationship for Enel in the energy sector. I guess that the approach of the Italian government to keep a bi-lateral relationship with the Russian government was, let me say, a proper one.

Vladimir Putin

Politicians should meet the businessmen halfway, show wisdom, long-term thinking and flexibility. We need to bring back trust to Russia-European relations and restore the level of cooperation.

Vladimir Putin

We don't bear grudges and we are willing to meet our European partners halfway – this, however, must not be a one-way street.

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Russia is party to the Minsk agreement. The next step is clear: the full implementation of the agreement, no more, not less, this is the only way to lift the economic sanctions.

John Kerry

But, the fact is, it represents the best – and possibly the last – chance to save a united Syria.

Mark Toner

The two discussed progress on the continuing implementation of the (nuclear deal), including issues related to banking and relief of nuclear-related sanctions.

Sergei Novikov

The work under this agreement hadn't started at all, because in the beginning of 2014, as we all know, there was a crisis in bilateral relations, the introduction of sanctions, and later the State Department of the USA on their website said they had no intention of developing this kind of cooperation. De facto this was a dormant treaty that never really took off.

Luigi Bruzzone

In the first days after lifting sanctions only Iranian ships were loaded in the country, mainly due to several problems in finding insurance/reinsurance. The strong interest of the market in these trades pushed all the stakeholders to solve all the problems … and almost all P&I Clubs have granted their insurance.

Maria Korenyuk

The release of Nadiya Savchenko took place just before the G7 meeting started. One of the key topics at the summit is the issue of sanctions against Russia. However, the G7 leaders have already said: the release of the Ukrainian pilot is not enough to ease sanctions. They can be lifted only if the Minsk agreements (to resolve the conflict in the Donbas region) are fully implemented.

András Deák

So far we couldn't see Hungary objecting directly to this sanction system, although Budapest criticizes it very vocally and openly, but when it comes to voting, somehow we still vote yes or at least we don't vote no. I think the Russians would like to change this situation a little bit towards a real (Hungarian) action on this topic.

Andrea Hajagos - Euronews

Sergei Lavrov met the Prime Minister here in the Parliament building. We don't know what they were talking about during their private meeting, but according to some experts, it seems that this visit is even more important for the Russians now, a few weeks before the EU's decision on sanctions.

Narendra Modi

Lifting of the international sanctions against Iran has opened up immense opportunities for both the countries, especially in the economic sphere. Afghanistan will get an assured, effective, and a more friendly route to trade with the rest of the world.

Aaron Hutman

The problem is the IRGC doesn't walk out there waving a flag and saying, Hey, I own 51.4 percent of this company; don't deal with me. The banks are being asked to deal in a world where you have very sophisticated players who over the course of years of sanctions have become very good at hiding themselves.

John Kerry

It's just not as complicated as some people think. That's absolutely open for business as long as it's not a designated entity, period. Very simple.

Charlie Olivier - Deutsche Bank

The easing of U.S. and EU sanctions against Iran has increased expectations on the banking sector to support companies in their planned lawful business activities with Iran. However, certain EU and U.S. sanctions against Iran and additional non-sanctions related restrictions remain. Therefore, Deutsche Bank continues to generally restrict business connected to Iran.

Lim Eul-Chul

From the perspective of the state, it's good - they can tell their people that their living standards have improved. Meanwhile, individual capitalists can get their apartment units after construction.

Rokneddin Javadi - National Iranian Oil Company

Iran can get involved in any oil policy-making discussions after regaining its pre-sanctions oil output (level). I believe the next OPEC meeting will be a better meeting with more coordination.

Paul Ryan

The administration should definitively rule out any potential workaround that provides Iran – directly or indirectly – with access to the dollar or the U.S. financial system. We hope that's the message Secretary Kerry delivers to Foreign Minister Zarif on Friday.

Hassan Rouhani

The situation is ripe for cooperation between Turkey and Iran in the post-sanctions era.

Hassan Rouhani

The situation is ripe for cooperation between Turkey and Iran in the post-sanctions era. The most important part is closer ties between banks and credit lines. We decided to improve banking relations. Turkish banks can now establish branches in Iran to help facilitate economic relations between the two countries.

Jeong Joon-hee

In March, Kim Jong-un instructed the military to carry out several additional tests including a missile test. Now, North Korea seems to be trying to split opinions within the international community, showing a strong will to maintain its attitude, not yielding to sanctions which have been imposed and, internally, it also seems that there is an aspect of building the achievements of Kim Jong-un ahead of the party congress.

Rosen Plevneliev

Well, we have significant losses. Just look at the Bulgarian agriculture, the Bulgarian tourism. But yes, Bulgaria stands for the sanctions. When we have to take bold political decisions about preventing future instability in Europe then money is not a factor.

Danny Danon - United Nations

There must be consequences for Iran's hostility towards Israel and for its complete disregard of Security Council Resolution 2231 which endorsed the JCOPA nuclear agreement. Iran's true intentions have been revealed, despite their attempts to hide behind a cloak of smiles. The international community must take action and impose sanctions against the Iranian regime.

Andrew J. Ceresney - Securities and Exchange Commission

The undisclosed accounting transactions, which a manager referred to as 'a little Enron accounting, benefited customers but left investors in the dark about Westlands Water District's true financial condition. Issuers must be truthful with investors and we will seek to deter such misconduct through sanctions, including penalties against municipal issuers in appropriate circumstances.

Hong Lei

China is opposed to the US citing domestic laws to place sanctions on Chinese enterprises.

Hong Lei

China is opposed to the U.S. citing domestic laws to place sanctions on Chinese enterprises. We hope the U.S. stops this erroneous action and avoids damaging Sino-U.S. trade cooperation and bilateral relations.

Alexis Tsipras

At Monday's summit, Greece will demand that burden sharing be equitable among all countries in the bloc, and sanctions for those that do not.

Viktor Orban

By middle of the year it will not be possible for the EU to renew sanctions automatically. The reason is that more and more countries, though I speak from a Hungarian point of view, but other member states have already talked about it publicly that we need to have an open debate within the EU about what to do about the sanctions.

Viktor Orban

I think that in the middle of this year there will be no opportunity to extend sanctions automatically.

Viktor Orban

I think that in the middle of this year there will be no opportunity to extend sanctions automatically. More and more countries... are starting to realise that we need to cooperate.

Mehdi Asali - OPEC

"Asking Iran to freeze its oil production level is illogical". "How can they expect Iran to cooperate now and pay the price? We have repeatedly said that Iran will increase its crude output until reaching the pre-sanctions production level".

Mehdi Asali - OPEC

Asking Iran to freeze its production is illogical...when Iran was under sanctions. some countries raised their output and they caused the drop in oil prices. How can they expect Iran to cooperate now and pay the price? We have repeatedly said that Iran will increase its crude output until reaching the pre-sanctions production level.

Susan E. Rice

I think it unlikely that China wants to be seen by the international community as the protector of North Korea given its recent outrageous behaviour. Given that, I expect that they will indeed come on board with significant new sanctions and we're working toward that end.

Michael Elleman

Sanctions raise the cost and impact reliability, but a determined country can access the needed items if it is a priority acquisition.

Philip Hammond

I have spoken to my Japanese counterpart this morning and we are all focused on looking at additional economic sanctions that could be applied against North Korea.

Wang Yi

Sanctions are not an end in themselves. The new resolution should not provoke new tension in the situation, still less destabilize the Korean Peninsula.

Neil Cottrell - British Airways

Iran is a large and growing economy and Tehran is a brilliant business city so we are incredibly excited to be adding another gateway to the Middle East for our customers. The recent lifting of sanctions opens up exciting new prospects for Iran as a tourist destination and with its rich heritage, unique architecture and world-class food it's unsurprising Tehran is tipped to be a popular destination for 2016.

Daniel Russel

The U.N. Security Council has a role to play by holding it (Pyongyang) accountable by imposing a tough, comprehensive and credible package of new sanctions and by ensuring vigorous enforcement of the resolutions already adopted. This latest announcement further underscores the need for the international community to send the North Koreans a swift, firm message that their disregard for U.N. Security Council obligations will not be tolerated.

Mohsen Jalalpour

Banks can now access SWIFT. We should note that our banks were subject to banking sanctions and needed to prepare the necessary infrastructure and they managed to do that by today.

James Kim - Avcon

I talked to them and when I got the Letter of Intent with an Iranian name, I informed them that a deal was not possible because of sanctions.

Serhiy Horbatyuk

We provided them with all the necessary information, in order for them to make a decision to extend sanctions.

Ellie Geranmayeh - European Council

Although China and Russia backed UN sanctions against Iran on its nuclear programmed, they were also heavily pushing for special waivers to continue trading with Iraan. Iraan had a relationship both politically and economically with China and Russia for the last ten years in ways that it hasn't had with Europe. So it's quite natural to see it opening up first to these countries.

Aengus Kelly - AerCap

This is an opportunity in a big market that needs a lot of replacement capacity, let alone growth capacity. But we have to be crystal clear that sanctions have been removed.

Javad Montazeri

The Iranian market has turned into an attractive place for foreign investment. Now that sanctions are not an issue, Iran's domestic economic problems will be the main obstacle to constructive cooperation with international companies, which can help the Iranian economy prosper.

Hassan Rouhani

The legs of Iran's economy are now free of the chains of sanctions, and it's time to build and grow.

Hassan Rouhani

Iranian government policies in the post-sanctions era will focus on attracting foreign investment, expanding non-oil exports, and making the best use of financial assets.

Benjamin Netanyahu

The international community must impose severe and clear sanctions against any violation (by Iran). Without our efforts leading the sanctions and preventing Iran's nuclear plan, Iran would have possessed nuclear weapons a long time ago. Israel's policy was and remains as it was: not to allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.

John Kerry

In return for the steps that Iran has taken, the United States and the European Union will immediately lift nuclear-related sanctions, expanding the horizon of opportunity for the Iranian people.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Today almost exactly six months after the finalisation of this historic deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran has implemented its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), is in the offing. As Iran has fulfilled its commitments today multilateral and national economic and financial sanctions related to Iran's nuclear programme are lifted.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

On 16 January 2016, the Council lifted all nuclear-related economic and financial EU sanctions against Iran.

Carsten Fritsch - Commerzbank

In the very short term, another price drop cannot be excluded in particular after sanctions against Iran are being lifted. That means a drop toward $25 is quite possible, but not much lower than that.

L K Gupta - Essar Oil

We have a long-lasting relationship with Iran and post lifting of sanctions we will evaluate the scenario.

Tariq Zahir

While the end of sanctions aren't finalized, we'll now be entering a world of even more supply. We feel the Saudis will pump even more and a price war between them and the Iranians will drive us well into the $20 levels. We are sellers of any and all rallies in days and weeks to come.

Hassan Rouhani

We are hopeful that the sanctions against Iran would be lifted in the next few days.

Bjarne Schieldrop - SEB Bank

While we still expect the sanctions to be lifted, the latest events have definitely created some last minute risk that things may not move in the direction widely expected. If the sanctions are not lifted as planned it would clearly reduce the projected crude oil surplus for 2016.

Sergio Cantone - Euronews

The question is not just about the sanctions against Russia, but also about the implementation of the Minsk agreement. Especially because next January the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine, which sparked this crisis two years ago, will be adopted.

Matteo Renzi

The end of sanctions is a historic step not only for Iran but for the whole region. We are committed to making sure the efforts of the international community are accompanied by mutual trust and by the immediate relaunch of economic links.

Hassan Rouhani

Next week will begin the time of implementation (of the nuclear deal) and the end of the 90-day deadline previously agreed (...) Once the deal is fully implemented, sanctions will be lifted. It should not take more than one or two months until sanctions are removed. Then a new situation will arise for the country.

Dmytro Polonsky

There is a real concern that Russia will introduce similar sanctions against Ukrainian airlines leaving Ukraine and Russia with air connection.

Maria Korenyuk

The sanctions imposed by Ukraine will last for one year. Moreover, Petro Poroshenko has called on his European colleagues for an extension of Russian sanctions over the illegal Donbas elections.

Javad Montazeri

Despite all the challenges, it seems that with the removal of sanctions, President Rouhani's support, and partnerships with world-famous companies, Iran's car industry should get back on its feet.

Nour Eldeen Al-Hammoury

Of course, lifting the sanctions on Iran opens the door for opportunities all over the world, not only for middle east countries. But it's worth mentioning that the geographical proximity is one of the positive factors for UAE. Moreover, the deal between Iran and the West may ease fears of geopolitical tension in the region. Therefore, trade, business and financial opportunities are likely to be significant between Iran and the region.

Bijan Namdar Zangeneh

We hope to move fast after the sanctions are removed and it seems like the German companies and state have political determination to help Iran put the era of depression behind it, we have never had tense relations with Germany.

Jeremy Stretch - CIBC World Markets

If we are going to see the removal of sanctions not just in the oil market but particularly in the energy sector, we will see a flow of funds coming back into the domestic market. Of course, the removal of sanctions and the embargo potentially opens the way for some degree of inward investment, and I think that is going to be hugely significant.

Eldad Pardo

Iran will be able to export more oil and gas and there will be a lot of sanctions lifted. Actually this agreement allows Iran to build a nuclear industry and we believe that in ten, fifteen years Iran will become a nuclear power.

Javad Montazeri

Lifting sanctions and economic growth are Iranians' top preoccupations, which is why they are following news of the nuclear negotiations in Vienna so closely, hoping to hear 'the sanctions are over.

Laurent Fabius

If there is an agreement, there will be a lifting of sanctions, but if the agreement is not implemented, there has to be what we call a snapback mechanism, which automatically will bring back the sanctions.

Dmitry Medvedev

The list is not definitive it could change depending on a number of factors, on our relations with our European partners. Russia did not start this sanctions confrontation. Joint efforts are needed to stop it.

Irina Shchegolkova

Sanctions did not affect the influx of tourists, on the contrary. Foreign tourists still take an interest in Russia and come to get to know the country.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The sanctions are a strong signal and a clear message that it has consequences when a country behaves in the way Russia has done in Ukraine.

Sergey Lavrov

You know, it is a kind of Joker card in the hands of the Ukrainian authorities. The Ukrainians will disrupt the implementation of the Minsk agreements but it will be Russia who will suffer because no one will lift the sanctions against them.

Angela Merkel

I think that we will send a united signal. Sanctions are not an end in themselves, but can be used when necessary. We always said that the extension or the suspension of such measures depends on the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Park Geun-hye

The government must now work closely with the international community to ensure that North Korea pays the commensurate price for the latest nuclear test. We must respond decisively through measures such as strong international sanctions.

Francois Hollande

If some soldiers – for the moment I don't know more – behaved badly, there will be sanctions at the same level of the trust we have for our armies. Because I am proud of our armies. I will, therefore, be strict with those who may have behaved badly, if that is the case in Central Africa.

Andrei Beketov

The commission insists that this is purely a competition case, initiated well before the Ukrainian crisis. Brussels says that such an important company like Gazprom should simply abide by European rules. However, Moscow looks at this rebuff in the context of political tensions, and the Western sanctions against Russia.

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

Brazil, for instance, is flat, and forecast to be slightly negative this year. China is slowing down, and foreseeably so, and I think it's a determined approach and policy determination. Russia is not doing well at all, and is in negative territory for obvious reasons – oil, sanctions and the like.

Vladimir Putin

We don't have to endure the sanctions, we have to use the circumstances surrounding the sanctions to develop. For example, we might not have replaced imports with local produce if there had not been sanctions, but now we must, and I hope this will lead high-tech industries to develop as well. But it does push up inflation on food products. That is true, and we'll have to put up with it for some time.