Russia will refrain from the countermeasure to the publishing the ‘Kremlin Report’ by the US at this point. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia claimed this during the meetings with the authorized representatives on January 30 as Interfax reported.
He noted that he did not see the list but the colleagues informed him on the publishing of this document.
‘It is an absolute nonsense to curtail relations (with the US) up to the end. We expected this list and I will not conceal this. We were ready to do very serious counter moves that will curtail our relations up to the end. But we will refrain from such steps at the point’, Putin said.
He noted that Russia does not intend to look for trouble and escalate the situation.
‘We want and we will patiently structure the relations so far as the second party is ready’, the Russian president added.
‘It (the publishing of the list) is the definitely unfriendly act. It complicates Russia-America relations that are already in the lurch and it afflicts the damage to the international relations at large’, Putin emphasized.
He also added that ‘the ordinary citizens are behind every person from every structure (mentioned in the ‘Kremlin report’) and according to Putin, 146 million of Russians were listed in the report.
‘I do not understand the sense in such actions’, Putin claimed.
‘We will carefully keep an eye on the development of the situation because there is one more secret list with some names on it. We should deal with this and the way it will take place’, he said.
As we reported the ‘Kremlin report’ was presented in the US Congress on January 29. It contains 210 names close to Putin’s government. The US State Treasury presented only nonclassified part of the report. Particularly, the list includes all ministers of the Russian government, heads of the presidential administration, heads of both chambers of the parliament, mayor of Moscow and governor of St. Petersburg, leading businessmen and heads of the state companies.
The so-called ‘list of the oligarchs’ was made due to the bill ‘On Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions’. It was adopted by the US in summer 2017 as the response to the accusations of Russia toward the interference in the American election. The US and the EU imposed the sanctions against Russia due to the annexation of Crimea in 2014. Later the sanctions were extended a few times.