US sanctions against Russia: Peskov urged to brace for worst
Putin’s spokesman noted that “improvement in relations or at least a steady remission of the Russophobia disease in the United States” cannot be envisaged.
The Kremlin believes that possible new anti-Russian sanctions by the United States may give rise to "very detrimental consequences," these actions of Washington may be contrary to the generally accepted rules of international trade, said Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, an RBC's correspondent reports.
“Theoretically, one should always hope for the best, still prepare for the worst. But when it comes to the sentiments both in the Congress and in the Senate, improvement in relations or at least a steady remission of the Russophobia disease cannot be envisaged”, said Peskov, noting that this “absolutely unbridled emotional Russophobia” lacks any specific expert data. Otherwise, the spokesman for the Kremlin believes, such bills would speak not about Russia's destabilizing role in Syria, but about its key role in saving the region from terrorism.
Peskov also surmised that behind the idea of anti-Russian sanctions there is "such an energetic" pragmatic US approach to the trade sphere, "sometimes bordering on racketeering." The restrictions are aimed at disrupting Russian energy projects and undermining the business of Russian banks with state participation, he explained. According to the representative of Putin, this is an attempt to oust competitive Russian companies from the market and “clear the place” for American ones.
“We consider this unacceptable <...> such actions may lead to very detrimental consequences, let alone very negative consequences for the already poor Russian-American relations,” said Peskov. When asked how it would affect the Russian economy, the spokesman for Putin clarified that "our economy has learned to maintain macroeconomic stability under sanctions and to fuel growth in a number of fields." “Our economy has developed certain resistance and, of course, the government has already developed and taken a number of efficient measures to hedge against such possible racketeering attacks,” he added.
Last Wednesday, a group of US senators submitted the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) - a bill that provides for additional sanctions against Russia in response to "Russian interference in the work of foreign democratic institutions." The reasons for introducing restrictions also feature events related to the crisis in Ukraine.
In particular, the bill proposes to impose sanctions against Russian banks that support Russia's attempts to undermine democratic institutions in other countries, and sanctions against political figures, oligarchs and their family members that "promote illegal or corrupt actions in the interests of Vladimir Putin." Restrictions are also proposed against 24 FSB officers who are considered to be involved in the attack in the Kerch Strait. Finally, the bill mentions measures aimed against the Russian shipbuilding industry.