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Moscow biding its time to respond to Washington’s latest sanctions

It would be ill-timed to make any hasty decisions, the Kremlin spokesman said

MOSCOW, April 10. /TASS/. Russia is carefully looking into a response to the most recent round of US sanctions, yet hasty decisions are out of the question, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"We are still analyzing the situation. Let's not forget that, the situation is not simple at all, but our own interests should be prioritized here," the Kremlin spokesman stressed.

According to him, "right now, only few days have passed since the [US] sanctions [against Russia] were announced, so it would be ill-timed to make any hasty decisions."

The Russian businessmen who were placed on the new US restrictions list include Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, VTB head Andrei Kostin, owner of Renova Viktor Vekselberg, Surgutneftegaz CEO Vladimir Bogdanov, Sibur board member Kirill Shamalov, and businessmen Igor Rotenberg, Oleg Deripaska and Suleiman Kerimov.

Among the companies slapped with the latest sanctions are several enterprises belonging to Oleg Deripaska. Among them are Agroholding Kuban, Evrosibenergo, RusAl, Russian Machines Holding and GAZ Group, B-Finance investment company, Basic Element holdings and En + .

The list also includes Viktor Vekselberg’s Renova, Kirill Shalamov’s Ladoga Management, the Russian Financial Corporation (owned by Rosoboronexport, Russia’s defense export agency), NPV Engineering and Rotenberg's Gazprom Drilling.