Putin discussed with the Security Council members possible anti-Russian sanctions of the USA
The president of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin discussed with permanent members of the Russian Security Council the issue of possible new sanctions of the USA against Russia, Dmitry Peskov, the president’s press secretary stated. “Possible new unfriendly steps from Washington in the form of trade restrictions were discussed. Complete illegitimacy of such actions in the context of international law was underlined”, Peskov noted. Chairman of Gosduma (Russian parliament) Vyacheslav Volodin, head of Kremlin administration Anton Vayno, Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev, defense minister Sergei Shoygu, FSB director Aleksander Bortnikov participated the meeting. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev who was in Kamchatka with working visit, was asked related question today. Medvedev stated that there was “nothing good” in sanctions, and the US imposing of sanctions against Russia in financial sector means declaration of economic war and that Russia will have to respond to this war. “I would not like to comment talks about future sanctions, but I can say one thing: if the next will be prohibition of bank activities or use of any currency, then it can be directly considered as declaration of economic war. And we need to respond to this war – by economic methods, by political methods, and if required by other methods. Our American friends should understand it”, the prime minister stated. Medvedev reminded that sanctions against Russia were imposed previously, too. “Our country has been existing under permanent sanction pressure for the last 100 years. Why do they do it? In order to remove Russia from among powerful rival in the international arena”, Medvedev noted.