PETROZAVODSK, July 26. /TASS/. The Kremlin will refrain from wording in regard to the new U.S. sanctions, until they received the status of the law. This was stated to journalists the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the approval, on 25 July by the House of representatives a bill providing for tougher unilateral American sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.
“While we are talking about the bill, so any substantive assessments, we are not going to give. The attitude to this will be formulated after a thorough analysis and decision of course rests with the head of state, President Vladimir Putin,” – said the representative of the Kremlin.
“Because there is still more to be the Senate, let’s wait when this bill becomes law,” he added.
However, in the Kremlin find it extremely sad and depressing fact of the adoption of this bill. “Now we can say that news is very sad from the point of view of Russian-American relations and their development prospects. And no less disappointing from the point of view of international law and international trade relations”, – said Peskov. He said that gave this assessment on the basis of “the information that is available to us about the bill”.
When asked to comment on the words of the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev on the need to give a symmetrical response to the new sanctions, Peskov said that “the decisions in foreign policy made by the President of the Russian Federation”. “If and when such decisions are made, we will let you know. All other statements of our parliamentarians is completely understandable, explainable. We are talking about an extremely hostile manifestations, so the reaction is obvious,” he said.
The house of representatives of the U.S. Congress approved Tuesday a bill toughening unilateral American sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. Now this document should be considered by the Senate, it is expected that the upper chamber of Congress will take this bill, which enjoys on Capitol hill broad support as the opposition Democratic and the Republican party. Then the document, called “the Law on counteraction to enemies of America by sanctions”, will be on the Desk of US President Donald trump. The white house has in recent days signaled that the head of state is ready to sign the bill.
The essence of the sanctions
American the bill contains the restrictive measures against Russia adopted by the previous U.S. administration led by President Barack Obama on the basis of his Executive decrees. We are talking about the sanctions imposed on 6 March and 18 December 2014, 1 April 2015, 26 July and 29 December 2016. These measures have created significant obstacles to cooperation between the armed forces of Russia and USA, as well as intelligence and military-industrial complexes of the two countries receiving the Russian economy, primarily energy companies, and loans in the West. Bilateral cooperation in the field of space exploration, or rather the products and services purchased by NASA from the Russian side, eliminated from the scope of these restrictions.
In addition, the bill allows to impose new sanctions (in particular, the freezing of Bank assets, the denial of U.S. entry visas) for “activities undermining cyber security, in the interests of the government of the Russian Federation”. In this case it changes the contents of a number of already adopted in recent years in the United States of laws requiring the President, in some specific cases to use against Moscow new sanctions, not just encouraging him to consider it.
Preserved in the bill and the reference to the US intention to put a spoke in the wheels of Russia’s implementation of the project “Northern stream – 2”, but without any specifics. The document requires the U.S. government to “continue to resist [the construction] pipeline NordStream – 2”. Confirms that the project has a “harmful impact on energy security of the European Union, the development of the gas market in Central and Eastern Europe and energy reform in Ukraine”. At the same time, the bill States that “the U.S. government should prioritize the export of American energy” to Europe, “to create jobs” in their own economy and supposedly “help the allies”.