Mishustin announced the preparation of the next package of counter-sanctions

Russia is preparing another package of counter-sanctions, the prime minister said. According to him, the country is faced with “intense pressure from outside”, under which the government needs coordinated work with deputies

Mikhail Mishustin

The Russian authorities are preparing a new package of responses to Western sanctions, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a meeting with representatives of the Communist Party faction on the eve of the government's report in the State Duma.

According to Mishustin, against the background of “such intense outside pressure” government “coordinated work is extremely important”; with deputies.

“We are implementing the measures laid down in the plan of priority actions. <…> You know that another package of counter-sanctions is being prepared now. We hope that your faction will approach its discussion constructively, in detail, as it was before,— he said.

Since the end of February, Western countries, in particular the European Union, Great Britain and the United States, have introduced several packages of sanctions against Russia. The restrictions affected both the top leadership of the country, a number of businessmen and heads of companies, as well as the financial, defense and industrial sectors. The US has imposed an embargo on Russian oil and gas and tightened restrictions on the export of microelectronics. The European Union, in turn, banned the supply of aircraft and spare parts for them. In addition, Washington and Brussels froze the assets of the Central Bank.

In response, in early March, the government expanded the list of unfriendly countries, which previously included only the United States and the Czech Republic. The list includes 27 EU countries, Ukraine, Japan, Australia, Canada and a number of other states. For obligations to foreign creditors from these countries, Russia, Russian citizens and companies will be able to pay in rubles.

In addition, Russia has imposed sanctions against 13 American citizens, including US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. President Vladimir Putin also instructed to switch to payments in rubles for gas supplies to unfriendly countries. With Japan, which also announced sanctions against Russia, the authorities refused to negotiate a peace treaty.

At the same time, the Foreign Ministry noted that Russia had practically not yet begun to respond to Western sanctions.

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