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Statement Of SMP Racing In Relation To Sanctions Of USA And European Union Against Russia
Posted by: newsla on Apr 14, 2014 - 01:33 PM
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Statement Of SMP Racing In Relation To Sanctions Of USA And European Union Against Russia

SMP Racing considers unacceptable escalation of sanctions imposed by European Union and USA against some of Russian businessmen beyond political and economical areas. SMP Racing does not have any relation to Ukrainian events and does not have any political and economical goals. In this regard usage of sport by European Union and U.S. Department of State as an instrument of political blackmail is a surprise and disappointment.


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At the moment bank accounts of European Representative Office of non-commercial organization SMP Racing are blocked. Participation of Russian drivers in largest European Championships like World Endurance Championship (WEC), European Le Mans Series (ELMS), execution of international projects in autosport, propaganda of road traffic safety and others are at risk of failure.

Ā«Usage of sport as an instrument of political battle never leads to effective settlement of political issues. Speculations taken by leaders of USA and European Union just harm millions of fans all over the World and destroys all positive changes reached in sport cooperation with our European colleagues. We receive words of support from famous sport activists and drivers. I hope that Europe will remember the Olimpic Charter and except sport from instruments of political battleĀ», said Sergey Zlobin, Sport Director of SMP Racing.

SMP Racing expresses concern of speculation of sport and hopes that responsible authorities of European Union, leaders of the United States of America will change their decision on the sanctions and stop the usage of sport as an instrument of political blackmail. We demand immediate exception of non-commercial organizations and their activities from the list of sanctions taken against Russia. We remind that right to go in for sport is the inalienable right of every human as declared by Olimpic Charter and we ask Europe and USA to hear the voice of reason by lifting restrictions of participation of Russian sportsmen in International competitions.

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