Members of the Federation Council of Russia Wednesday approved a new law "on counter-sanctions against states that act unfriendly against the Russian Federation." The document will come into force after its official publication, RIA News reports.
The authors of this law are several deputies headed by Speaker of Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin. In the lower house of parliament, the document was adopted in final reading on May 22.
The law "On measures of influence (counteraction) on unfriendly actions of the United States and other foreign states" enables the government to impose retaliatory restrictions against "unfriendly" states or organizations, in particular to suspend cooperation in various sectors, and prohibit the import or export of certain goods.
A list of such measures is determined by the government. However, these actions should not be applied to vital goods, analogues of which are not produced in Russia, as well as in respect of goods that imported by citizens for personal use, the document says.
As it was reported earlier, the EU will not lift the sanctions against Russia without a significant progress with Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron claimed this after the meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg.
The extension of the sanctions against Russia will be considered at the EU summit on June 28-29.