New U.S. sanctions that Congress is preparing to introduce against Russia will not lead to collapse and Russia will not put to a standstill. About it in interview to the program “Vesti on Saturday” said President Vladimir Putin. His words leads TASS.
“It is important to note that whatever happens, (…) whatever the decisions were taken over the ocean, it does not put us into a dead end,” assured the President.
However, he acknowledged that “something, perhaps, we will have to adjust what we have to do,” but the new sanctions “will not lead to a deadlock or some kind of collapse.”
“But it will, of course, to complicate Russian-American relations,” warned the head of state. At the same time, he refused to talk about any retaliatory steps, as “we have to see how it will end”.
June 14, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to expand anti-Russian sanctions. In the event of approval, American companies and individuals will not be allowed to lend to Russian banks for longer than 14 days. It is also proposed to limit the terms of financing of Russian oil and gas companies.
Now the document will be considered by the house of representatives. In the case of a positive decision it will consider President Donald trump.
The extension of the sanctions policy the United States criticized in Europe. Foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel and the Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern in a joint statement noted that these restrictions will create a danger for European companies that are involved in the construction of the pipeline “Nord stream-2”. In particular, we are talking about the German BASF and the Austrian OMV.
Later possible extension of anti-Russian sanctions and criticized the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The French foreign Ministry said that Washington should coordinate their policies in the field of anti-Russian sanctions with EU member States and countries outside the G7.