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Kremlin believes sanctions are harmful for both sides

February 09, 2017, 13:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Kremlin spokesman comments on the latest proposal by US senators for sanctions against Russia

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MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. The Kremlin believes that the policy of sanctions is destructive and harms both sides.

"Our attitude to the sanctions and the exchanges of all sorts of restrictions is well-known: we regard this policy as rather destructive and harmful to both sides," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Thursday.

He made the statement when asked for a comment on the latest proposal by US senators for sanctions against Russia. At the same time Peskov avoided saying anything about the contents of the document.

On January 10, a group of US senators, including John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Robert Portman and Robert Menendez, came out with a bill proposing more sanctions against Russia. In the first place the bill upholds the legal restrictions imposed by the previous Barack Obama administration. Also, the legislators would like to oblige the president to impose a ban on issuing US visas to those who, as follows from the accompanying comments, upset the cyber security of government and private infrastructures or democratic institutions. Their assets in US territory, should they be discovered, must be frozen. The senators argue sanctions must be introduced for cooperation with the Russian defense and intelligence sector, including the federal security service FSB and the Main Directorate of the Russian General Staff (former Main Intelligence Directorate GRU).

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