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Sunday, October 23, 2016

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow said on Wednesday it would react in kind to United States’ widening of sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, criticizing the move as straining relations and posing risks for international stability.

The U.S. Federal Register said on Wednesday Washington was adding 29 people to the sanctions list to tighten restrictions previously imposed on Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s response would be reciprocal.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that adding more sanctions on Moscow was illegitimate and added to a series of hostile actions taken by the United States against Russia.

It said the “reckless” U.S. policy was “fraught with serious costs for international stability”.

“The United States should have no illusions that it could continue this course without negative consequences for themselves,” the ministry said.

“Response measures, not necessarily mirror ones, will follow from our side.”

The new U.S. sanctions cover people and entities linked to those already sanctioned, including Gennady Timchenko, a prominent Russian gas trader, Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft and firearms maker Kalashnikov Concern.

Some of the entities are based in Cyprus, Finland, Romania, Switzerland and Britain.

They also target ferry operator and ports in Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine last year, in a move that took relations between Moscow and the West to their lowest point since the Cold War.

Kiev and the West accuse Moscow of driving a pro-Russian separatist rebellion in east Ukraine, which started shortly after the Crimea annexation. Russia denies this.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska and Denis Pinchuk, Editing by Jason Bush and Angus MacSwan)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

  • Andrew Armstrong

    Russian can give Crimea back to Ukraine and the sanctions will disappear. How easy.

  • Paragryne

    What are they gonna do, halt Stolichnaya exports?

  • Otto Greif

    The US should stop provoking Russia.

    • charleo1

      Russia should stop with the saber rattling, withdraw it’s troops from the Ukraine, and stop supplying weapons, and material to rebel troops hostile to the Ukrainian Gov.

      • Otto Greif

        You mean the Ukrainian government the US and EU installed after instigating a coup?

        • charleo1

          And secondly, some people in this Country need to remember which Country they owe their allegiance to. Or disembark for Putin, and Mother Russia.

          • Otto Greif

            Opposing the stupid and unprincipled actions of the US government does not make a person pro-Russia.

          • charleo1

            I’d go find a smarter, more principled gov. to support, if I was you, and felt as such.

          • Otto Greif

            In fact, there is a patriotic duty to oppose the government when it is acting unconscionably.

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