Sources in Russian diplomatic circles expect that the U.S. may impose additional sanctions against a number of Russian state-owned banks, reported the website gazeta.ru.
“In September, a new package of restrictions will go into effect against the highest profile banks,” said the source of gazeta.ru, which has close ties to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
According to the information provided, this action will be directed against the Bank of Russia, Rosselkhozbank, Gazprombank and other Russian financial organizations.
According to the source, the U.S. has chosen the banking industry, “since this does not damage Europe, but only Russia, unlike other sectors where there is damage to both.”
Earlier, according to the report, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Russia would respond to the new U.S. sanctions by reducing its dependence on American payment systems.
The U.S. House of Representatives earlier approved placing restrictions on Russian business. The package of new sanctions against Moscow was supported by 388 congressmen, with only two opposed. A significant part of the measures concerns transactions with Russian companies, financing of projects, and transfer of goods and technologies.