Russia to expand black list of Americans

Published: March 16, 2018 17:52:30 | Updated: March 17, 2018 09:21:12

The Russian flag waves in the wind on the rooftop of the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco of California in US. -Reuters File Photo

Moscow will expand its black list of Americans to retaliate a new set of US sanctions against Russia.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov came up with the statement on Friday, reports Reuters quoting RIA news agency.

The US Treasury slapped sanctions on 19 Russian citizens and five entities on Thursday in the most significant steps the United States has taken against Russia since US President Donald Trump took office.

“From the very beginning, we use the principle of parity on the number of people included in sanction lists. So we will expand our ‘black list’ with another group of Americans,” Ryabkov was cited as saying.

He added that Moscow did not rule out extra measures in response to new sanctions for alleged interfering in US elections and cyber attacks, which Russia denies.

Moscow still wants to maintain a dialogue with Washington and takes counter-measures due to “American political stubbornness”, the diplomat said.

“Those (American) politicians are playing with fire by destroying Russian-American relationship because simultaneously they shake global stability,” Ryabkov said.

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