Naryshkin: sanctions are harmful, but they do not strongly affect the Russian economy


Sanctions to a lesser extent affect the Russian economy, while “gangster actions on the part of Washington and Brussels”, said the speaker of the state Duma. More influence on the individual, the crisis in the global economy and erratic behavior of world markets, he said.

MOSCOW, 24 Dec. Sanctions harmful for both Russia and for the countries imposing them, but mostly on the Russian economy is influenced by a separate crisis phenomena in world economy and erratic behavior of world markets, said state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin on air of TV channel “Russia 24”.

On the question of what is stronger than inhibits the development of the Russian economy, external factors or internal, Naryshkin said, “both”.

“If we talk about external factors, there are more I mean a separate crisis phenomena in world economy and erratic behavior of world markets, primarily energy and capital. Sanctions to a lesser extent affected. Although they are harmful, naturally, and us, and the party enters, — Naryshkin said. — I call it criminal action by Washington and Brussels”.

The European Union on Monday confirmed the extension of existing economic sanctions against Russia until July 31, 2016.