Kadyrov: the answer to Western sanctions should be import replacement

Kadyrov: the answer to Western sanctions should be import replacement

The head of Chechnya compared sanctions against Russia with military special operation, however, is confident that the country will be able not only to survive, but even dignity out of this situation.

IVAN, 29 Dec. The head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov has called the sanctions against Russia, “economic operation” against its millions of people, in response to the sanctions, in his opinion, should be the substitution.

“Today’s pressure on Russia, sanctions that have been extended for another six months, amid falling ruble is comparable to military special operation, that can be said of economic operation. Against whom it is directed? It is directed against millions of Russian people,” Kadyrov said on Monday at a press conference at the end of the year.

Response to sanctions, according to Kadyrov, should be the realization of import substitution program.

“We will have our own gardens, factories, plants. We will work to develop small business, to assist the development of farms. We have the ability not just to survive but to get out of this situation with dignity,” — said Kadyrov.

The problem of import substitution, which largely depend on many sectors of the Russian economy, worsened after complications of relations with the West in 2014 in connection with the situation in Ukraine. Import substitution programmes are conducted in all sectors of the Russian economy, but primarily in those that suffered most from the sanctions. At the same time, the Russian authorities have repeatedly said that Russia has no plans to build a closed economy and lock the doors for cooperation with foreign partners.

Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. The EU and the USA from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia has restricted food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against her: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.

The final decision to extend another six months of sectoral sanctions against Russia was adopted by the EU Council on Monday by written procedure. The action of the so-called “restrictive measures” expired on 31 January 2016, however, according to the statement of the EU Council, they have been extended in connection with default of conditions of the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine until 31 December 2015. While the European Union pledged to monitor the implementation of agreements.