U.S. sanctions against Russia will certainly create additional difficulties for the Russian economy, said Deputy economic development Minister Alexei Likhachev. The Ministry is already conducting an analysis of the effects from these measures to minimize losses, he said.
MOSCOW, 23 Dec. The Russian authorities will do everything to minimize the consequences for the country’s economy from the expansion of U.S. sanctions, said the first Deputy Minister of economic development Alexey Likhachev.
On Tuesday, the US extended sanctions list against Russia, including, in particular, a number of subsidiaries of the largest Russian banks — Sberbank and VTB, the structure of Rostec, a major developer “gals-development” and a number of companies and banks.
“Of course, positively will not be affected any further difficulties. And I just think that this position is illogical: on the one hand we are looking for common ground and try to coordinate work in the space of counter-terrorism, addressing global challenges, (security edition) safety. On the other hand (the U.S. — ed.) continues to choose an address, some significant economic pain to Russia more painfully pinched. I think it’s very illogical and eclectic one might say. Of course, I would like to see a more coherent U.S. foreign policy”, — he said.
According to Likhachev, the Ministry is already conducting an analysis of the implications from the extension of us sanctions, however, it is too early to speak about any concrete figures. “But we will do our best to minimise these figures,” — said the first Deputy MAYOR.
The spokesman did not comment on whether the Ministry has already instructed to begin to consider possible retaliatory measures against the United States. “The Ministry always works in this direction,” he added.