Russian President Vladimir Putin (G) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. © Reuters

Russia is ready to take countermeasures against the imposition of new sanctions by Washington.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that his country was fully prepared to develop an appropriate response to the US strengthening of anti-Russian sanctions.

Speaking to reporters, Riabkov said Russia has become accustomed to US sanctions and has found effective ways to minimize losses and overcome these obstacles.
“If the United States decides to take real action against us, we will be cool and restrained and, as in the past, we will opt for other initiatives to achieve our economic goals,” he said. said the Russian diplomat.

According to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, US sanctions have proved ineffective; since February-March 2014, Russia has exceeded 50 trains of US sanctions.

“The United States can not achieve good results through the sanctions lever. However, we are witnessing the continuation of the policies of Washington’s past, which will bring him nothing, “he said.

Mr Riabkov noted that by referring to the possibility of toughening anti-Russian sanctions, the United States was trying to influence Russian public opinion on the threshold of elections.

The US Treasury said last Wednesday that it will soon announce sanctions against Russian politicians and businessmen whose names appeared on the “Kremlin Report”.

At the end of January, the US Treasury Department published a list of Russian officials and businessmen who could be punished. It has more than 200 names, including 114 officials and 96 businessmen. Among those mentioned: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

But as the United States announces new economic and financial sanctions against Russia, Moscow continues its turn towards the East. Many analysts believe that the Kremlin’s diplomatic strategy aims to take advantage of the economic dynamism of the Asia-Pacific region and to break away from the Western grip.


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