The introduction by the United States of sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin would be an outrageous step, comparable to a break in relations. This was during a conversation with reporters on Thursday, January 13, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
On the eve it became known that the United States has identified a set of sanctions against Russia, which can be immediately imposed in the event of an escalation of tensions around Ukraine. The “Act for the Protection of Ukraine’s Sovereignty” provides for mandatory sanctions against several representatives of the Russian government. In addition, the demand of American officials applies to several Russian organizations.
“The imposition of sanctions against the head of state and against the head of Russia, I repeat once again: this is an outrageous measure, which is comparable to a break in relations,” said Peskov.
According to him, the Russian side does not yet plan to respond to the prepared restrictions. At the same time, the Kremlin spokesman also expressed the hope that such threats from the United States are only loud statements aimed at influencing Moscow.
At the same time, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation drew attention to the fact that at the consultations held between the Russian Federation, NATO and the United States, there was a positive. However, answers to fundamental questions are needed, disagreements have been recorded on them, this is bad, Peskov concluded.
Earlier that day, the chairman of the board of the credit and financial organization, German Gref, said that Sberbank was not afraid of new possible sanctions. According to Gref, Sberbank is ready for all scenarios.
Negotiations on security guarantees take place in three phases. On January 10, a meeting of the delegations of Russia and the United States took place in Geneva, which lasted about 7.5 hours. On January 12, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council ended in Brussels. The meeting took place at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Alliance. The meeting lasted longer than planned – more than four hours. Consultations are scheduled for January 13 at the Vienna platform of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The Russian side has repeatedly denied statements by Western and Ukrainian politicians about an allegedly planned “invasion” of Ukraine. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation pointed out that such reports are “empty, groundless escalation of tension.”
At the same time, on January 12, columnist Adam Smekh, in an article for the Polish edition of Myśl Polska, expressed the opinion that the United States wants to drag Russia into the war in Ukraine. He stressed that for this the United States will try to disrupt negotiations with the Russian side on security guarantees.