Russian envoy says relations with NATO started deteriorating long before Ukrainian crisisWorld December 08, 4:55
Contact Group agrees to settle water cuts issue in Lugansk within 7 days ― OSCE envoyWorld December 08, 2:58
Glencore expects deal on purchasing stake in Rosneft to close in mid-DecemberBusiness & Economy December 08, 2:03
Italian Prime Minister Renzi officially resignsWorld December 08, 1:27
43 ceasefire violations reported in Syria in 24 hours ― Russian Defense MinistryWorld December 08, 1:16
One reconciliation agreement signed in Syria in 24 hours ― Russian Defense MinistryWorld December 08, 0:26
Lavrov confirms to Kerry Russia backs US proposal on Aleppo from December 2Russian Politics & Diplomacy December 07, 23:57
Russia has never imposed its decisions on Syria, Assad saysWorld December 07, 23:45
Rosneft privatization deal is completed — KremlinBusiness & Economy December 07, 21:06
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.
“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.
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.