Dmitry Pascutto: Alexei Druzhinin / RIA Novosti
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin will make a decision on the response to the new sanctions list of the USA when the document will be formalized. This was stated press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov. His words leads TASS on Friday, January 12.
“The sanctions are a trigger, usually some counteractions. In this case, the principle of reciprocity remains a cornerstone, but to some extent, a mirror response, not the mirror — so to speak, will be taken that will be the largest, best meet our interests”, — said Peskov.
A Kremlin spokesman also stressed that the list, if adopted, should be carefully analyzed. “Because the appearance as such the list does not mean a new round of sanctions exchange”, — he added.
On 11 January the Minister of Finance of the USA Stephen Mnuchin said that Washington will soon impose new sanctions against Russian citizens. According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, the list will include high-ranking Russian officials and businessmen close to the government of the country.
In October 2017, the US state Department published a list of 33 Russian companies, cooperation with which can threaten the contractors with sanctions. New restrictions may be introduced in February 2018. Potential sanctions will apply to all counterparties regardless of the country of origin of a company or individual.
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