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Russian State Duma considers US, EU sanctions on Russia absurd

March 20, 2014, 17:16 UTC+3 GENEVA

"This is an operetta, and we can only laugh," State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Deputy Chairman Alexander Romanovich said

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GENEVA, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. The State Duma considers sanctions imposed by the US and the EU in response to Crimea’s accession to Russia absurd and unreal.

“The US and EU sanctions against Russia are absurd and unreal,” State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Deputy Chairman Alexander Romanovich told Itar-Tass.

The lawmaker is head of the Russian delegation at the 130th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) currently underway in Geneva.

“This is an operetta, and we can only laugh: for example, sanctions have been imposed against (head of the A Just Russia party faction in the State Duma Sergei) Mironov. Then it turned out that he had not been banned the entry. It was reported his property abroad had been arrested,” Romanovich said.

“Maybe, the list will be expanded. As for response measures, we should look at how sanctions should be imposed,” the lawmaker said.

Among those who are included in the sanction list are head of the Federation Council Defense Committee Viktor Ozerov, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee first deputy chairman Vladimir Dzhabarov, leader of the a Just Russia Party faction Sergei Mironov, State Duma deputy speaker Sergei Zhelezhnyak and head of the State Duma Committee for the CIS Affairs Leonid Slutsky. The list also includes commander of the Black Sea Fleet Rear Admiral Alexander Vitko, commander of the Western Military District Anatoly Sidorov and commander of the Southern Military District Alexander Galkin.

They are banned to enter the territory of the European Union. The EU also intends to freeze their accounts in European banks.

In addition, Europe and the USA are making statements about toughening of sanctions and expanding the black lists. German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that further sanctions are imposed against Russia.

The sanction list will be expanded and it will include names of Russian and Ukrainian politicians, who will be banned to enter the EU and whose foreign accounts are frozen, Merkel said.

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