MOSCOW, August 9. /TASS/. The Kremlin believes the new alignment of U.S. sanctions with the incident in Salisbury unacceptable, Russia had nothing to do with what happened. This was stated to journalists the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
“We consider absolutely unacceptable for the linkage of new restrictions [from the US], which we still believe to be illegal, with the “business Salisbury”, – he stressed. – We resolutely reject any accusations in the context of the possible involvement of the Russian state to what happened in Salisbury. About it cannot go and speeches”.
According to the representative of the Kremlin, is not out of the question that Russia is relevant to the facts of use of chemical weapons. “More than that – we can’t even definitely say that has been used in the UK, because they do not have any information and have no answer to our proposal of the British side for a joint investigation of the incident, which causes us serious concern,” he said.
“Such restrictions as those which were adopted by the American side informed our understanding and belief, are absolutely illegal and not in compliance with international law”, – said Peskov.
The press Secretary also said that Washington’s decision on new sanctions against Moscow at odds with the constructive atmosphere in which the summit of leaders of the two countries – Vladimir Putin and Donald trump in Helsinki. “Of course, this decision [on sanctions against the Russian Federation], taken by the American side, are completely unfriendly and it is unlikely they can somehow associate with the difficult but constructive atmosphere that was at the last meeting of two presidents”, – he stressed.
According to Peskov, the Kremlin believes it premature to talk about what steps Moscow would take in response to new US sanctions. “We heard the official statement of the [US] about the new so-called sanctions, and we heard some high-ranking source, who spoke on the possibility of certain restrictions against Russia, – he stressed. – So before we officially understand exactly what was going on, to talk about some countermeasures, of course, would be wrong.”
The press Secretary said that Russia will keep the financial system in “good condition” on the background of the unpredictability of the United States. “Of course, due to the ongoing unpredictability of our foreign partners, of course, we must keep our financial system in proper condition, it is obvious”, – he stressed. Answering the question whether Russia’s financial system to possible sanctions by the U.S., Peskov noted the irrelevance of the eventual reasoning on this.
“Russia’s financial system is fairly stable, it is well known, – noticed Sands. – It has proven its stability in rather difficult times.”
However, he noted that Russia retains hope for building a constructive relationship with the United States and other Western countries, but regrets that often does not meet the reciprocity in this matter. “Of course, Russia retains hope for building a constructive relationship with Washington, because these relations – not only in the interests of our two peoples, but also in the interests of strategic stability and security around the world,” – said the representative of the Kremlin, Recalling that Russian President Vladimir Putin said this at a press conference following the meeting with his American counterpart Donald trump in Helsinki in July.
Peskov said that the Russian leader “has repeatedly demonstrated its constructive attitude, a willingness to look for ways out of difficult situations, a willingness to discuss the most difficult issues.” “No one has reason to doubt that President Putin keeps this attitude. We regret that very often we do not find reciprocity in this regard from our counterparts in the West”, – concluded the press-Secretary of the head of state.
Earlier the us administration announced that from August 22 imposes sanctions against Russia due to attributed to her involvement in the poisoning March 4, ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury. As noted earlier, state Department spokesman, after 90 days, us authorities will make a decision about the introduction of a second package of sanctions against Moscow, depending on whether she set conditions. Russia has repeatedly denied allegations of his involvement in the incident with the family Skripal.