Russia compares possible US sanctions against Putin to initiative to sever relations

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Kremlin said an adequate response from Russia would follow inevitably
15:41, 13 January 2022

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Russia says that the imposition of sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin would be a step too far, comparable to the rupture of relations as TASS reported citing Russian presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

"The imposition of sanctions against the head of state and against the head of Russia, I repeat once again, is a prohibitive measure, which is comparable to the severing of relations. What is Russia ready to do? Russia is always ready and will always do what is in the best interests of our country," Peskov said.

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He also added that the draft of new sanctions proposed in Congress can also be equated to an initiative to break off relations, as an adequate response from Russia will inevitably follow.

"The simultaneous timing of these statements and negotiations is an attempt to put pressure on Moscow. A priori it makes no sense, because we are talking about sanctions, which in their essence, and taking into account the inevitable adequate response, can actually be equated with an initiative to break off relations. The wording of these words can only be interpreted this way," he said commenting on the bill.

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According to Peskov, Moscow takes an extremely negative attitude towards this draft sanction.

Earlier, it was reported that the Democrats in the US Senate prepared a new package of sanctions against the Russian Federation in case of an invasion of Ukraine. The new law would impose broad sanctions against high-ranking Russian military and government officials, including Putin.


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