Contents tagged with Sanctions on Russia

  • Russia is preparing a response to new package of US sanctions and last year's expulsion of diplomats

    The Russian government is preparing measures in response to a package of new US sanctions and the expulsion of diplomats from the United States in December 2016, an official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said in an interview with Rossiya [Russia] 1 TV.

    Maria Zakharova said that the response "will have a very solid base." "The response measures are being prepared. This, as you understand, will not be decided only in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," she added. …

  • The White House: The law on sanctions against Russia has no legal effect due to a violation of the procedure of its approval

    The bill with a strengthened package of sanctions against Russia, which was passed almost unanimously in the US Senate, has no legal effect due to a violation of the procedure of its approval. This was announced on Monday, June 26 during a briefing by the representative of the White House, Sean Spicer, Ukrinform reports.

    "The decision of the Senate was adopted in violation of procedure, so there is no new bill at this time," he said. Spicer did not comment on US President Trump’s position on …

  • President of Lithuania: Sanctions against Russia should be strengthened and expanded

    The West should expand sanctions against Russia, as the situation in eastern Ukraine does not improve, as stated by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite before the EU summit in Brussels, Delfi reports.

    "The situation in Ukraine thus far only continues to deteriorate… In eastern Ukraine, a direct, real, de-facto inclusion of that part of the country into the territory of Russia has begun," said Lithuanian President Grybauskaite.

    She also pointed out to the fact that Moscow, with separatist …

  • White House: The U.S. will continue the policy of sanctions against Russia until it 'leaves eastern Ukraine'

    The USA intends to continue the sanctions policy towards Russia until it "leaves eastern Ukraine," as indicated on Tuesday by the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, at a routine press briefing.

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Finance Ministry included 38 people and organizations, including "two Russian civil servants" and two of their assistants, in the sanctions list. Among the Russians on the list are the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Sergey Nazarov, a member …

  • Russia prepares retaliatory measures for US sanctions

    According to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, Russia has begun to develop retaliatory measures after the latest expansion of sanctions by Washington, RIA Novosti reported.

    "We regret this [step by the US]. And it is with this feeling once again of missed opportunities to move towards improving our bilateral relations that we begin to work out our response measures," Ryabkov specified.

    According to Ryabkov, Washington "plays into the hands of the war party in Kyiv"; that is, …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry thanked the EU Council for the extension of sanctions against Russia

    Ukraine is grateful for the consistent policy of the EU on the non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea by Russia and the adoption by the EU Council of a decision to extend the term of the ‘Crimean package’ of sanctions against the ‘aggressor state’ for 12 months ‘without discussion,’ as stated in the commentary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, published on their official website.

    “We highly appreciate the constant attention of the EU to the situation in the occupied Crimea, which is …

  • Congressman Marco Rubio: Trump does not oppose new sanctions against Russia

    US President Donald Trump has nothing against the imposition of new sanctions against Russia; but the State Department, which is trying to establish a dialogue with Moscow, is opposed to this. US Senator Marco Rubio (a Republican from Florida) expressed this opinion on Sunday.

    "I personally believe that at the core of resistance [toward sanctions against the Russian Federation] is not the president," he said in an interview with NBC television. "I do not think the president himself has a …

  • Germany and Austria call on US to revise recent Russian sanctions bill

    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern called for a correction of the bill approved by US senators to tighten anti-Russian sanctions in the energy sector.

    They believe that these measures threaten the European companies participating in the development of Europe’s energy supply.

    “Political sanctions should not be linked up to economic interest. To threaten companies in Germany, Austria and other European firms with fines in the US if they take part in or …

  • US senate approves bill on new sanctions against Russia

    On Wednesday, the US Senate almost unanimously (97 for, 2 against) approved the document which could put into law and expand the sanctions against Russia, Golos Ameriki reports.

    Corresponding amendments were introduced into the law on sanctions with respect to Iran. The senators added the Russian sanctions there too.

    Amongst other things, the document obligates the White House to coordinate the decision with Congress if it decides to ease, suspend or lift the current sanctions against Russia. …

  • US Congress introduces bill for new sanctions against Russia

    The US Congress has introduced a bill for new sanctions against Russia. Anti-Russian measures are being considered in the form of an amendment to a draft law on sanctions against Iran.

    It follows from the document that under the sanctions, the financing period for Russian banks under sanctions could be limited from 90 to 14 days.

    Additionally, US companies and individuals will be banned from "all transactions involving the provision of financing and other business relationships involving a …