Moscow to consider countermeasures after US extends anti-Russia sanctions
Moscow says it will consider countermeasures after the US announced an updated sanctions list targeting 34 individuals and entities in order to “pressure Russia” over the Ukraine crisis.
"Today's steps support the US commitment to seek a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine by maintaining our sanctions on Russia," the US Treasury Department said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Kremlin, in turn, said it will analyze Washington’s decision and may develop countermeasures.
The sanctions imposed on Tuesday are “a continuation of this unfriendly stance towards Russia, a continuation of the stance which has a devastating impact on bilateral relations,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
"Certainly, based on the reciprocity principle, the Russian side will initially review these decisions taken [by the US] and then pool proposals on possible countermeasures," Peskov said.
He expressed regret that “despite common sense” and the “need to develop cooperation,” Washington is following a policy “contrary to [current] demands.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Washington’s attempts to manipulate Russia via sanctions are ineffective.