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Kremlin says Russia will proceed from principles of mutuality in response to US sanctions

September 02, 2015, 14:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier issued a statement on the issue saying Moscow would not necessarily provide a mirror response

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Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS

MOSCOW, September 2. /TASS/. Russia proceeds from the reciprocity principle when dealing with issues connected with the expansion of the anti-Russian sanctions lists by the United States, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

"Of course, this is an absolutely standard stance, the starting point here is the reciprocity principle," he said.

Peskov declined to specify what Russia's possible response to the US move could be, recommending reporters to turn to the Russian Foreign Ministry for comments.

The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier issued a statement on the issue. It noted in particultitar that Moscow would retaliate, but it would not necessarily provide a mirror response.

"The United States should not harbor illusions about the possibility to continue this line without negative consequences for itself," the ministry noted. "Reciprocal measures from us will definitely follow, and they will not necessarily be ‘mirrored’."

The Russian Foreign Ministry called the US sanctions pressure "a reflection of the policy rooted in the US ruling circles towards a deliberate and consistent breakdown of a basis of normalizing the Russian-US relations," and also "the inability of the US Administration to assess developments in Ukraine adequately."

US expands sanctions against Russia

On September 2, the US Department of Commerce added new companies from Russia and other countries to its list of sanctions prompted by the conflict in Ukraine.

According to a rule notice in the Federal Register, "twenty-nine persons under thirty-three entries" have been included in the "Entity List".

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) "is taking this action to ensure the efficacy of existing sanctions on the Russian Federation", the notice said.

The thirty-three entries to the Entity List are located in Crimea, Cyprus, Finland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. There are thirty-three entries for the twenty-nine persons because two persons are listed in two locations and one person is listed in three locations, resulting in four additional entries, according to the notice.

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