Kremlin holds off on responding to new US sanctions
Moscow will go to the expulsion of several us diplomats and limit the maximum number of employees of the US diplomatic mission in the case of the signing by President Donald trump a new package of anti-Russian sanctions. On Thursday, July 27, writes “Kommersant” with reference to sources in the foreign Ministry.
According to interlocutors of the newspaper, also the Russian government can seize the holiday complex of the American Embassy in Serebryany Bor and their warehouses. However, the newspaper writes, the possibility of asymmetric response and, Thus, Moscow may refuse to cooperate with Washington on critical U.S. issues such as the strengthening of measures of pressure on North Korea.
Also, “Kommersant” cites the analysis of painful for the US restrictions. In particular, the journalists pointed to the US dependence on supplies of Russian enriched uranium products to U.S. nuclear power plants as well as the fact that the United States remains the largest importer of titanium — more than a third of the needs of aircraft manufacturing concern Boeing closes in Russia. The Russian company “VSMPO-AVISMA” not yet ready to discuss the prospect of sanctions, but so far these questions have not been raised, the newspaper said.
However, the most important may be the damage to operating in Russia American companies. The publication suggests that the represented in the consumer market and in the IT firms with a certain probability can fall under the restrictions of sanctions that affect the citizens, Moscow has already been successfully tested in the case of Europe and Turkey.
July 25, the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress adopted the bill providing introduction of new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. If the document will be signed by the President, American companies and individuals are not able to lend to Russian banks for longer than two weeks. In addition, the document is limited to the term of financing of Russian oil and gas companies.
Later the Kremlin stated that it would refrain from assessments of the bill, while he does not have the status of law.