Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Moscow to take adequate measures over US expansion of anti-Russian sanctions

The Kremlin regrets that Washington continues its destructive policy against Russia and adequate measures in response to the expansion of sanctions will be taken, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

"We regret that Washington continues this destructive line. We still disagree with this line and we believe that it very seriously harms our bilateral relations. Certainly, as this has been already in practice, the Russian side will take adequate measures," Peskov said.

"We can only once again express regret and misunderstanding over this destructive persistence of our US colleagues," Peskov said commenting on the US decision.

On December 20, the US Treasury Department announced that it expands the sanctions against Russia in connection with events in Ukraine. It designated seven more individuals and eight entities related to Russia and Ukraine, and identified two vessels as blocked property in order "to maintain the effectiveness of existing sanctions."

In 2014, the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis and Crimea’s reunification with Russia. Some of the Russian officials were barred from entering EU countries and the US; in addition to that their assets were frozen. Likewise, trade, financial and military restrictions were also introduced. These sanctions have been repeatedly extended and expanded.


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