The United States imposed new sanctions on Russia Wednesday targeting individual Russian politicians and a number of Russian defense and energy companies. The European Union has made several requests to expand the criteria for future sanctions. Washington and Brussels are ready to extend the sanctions list, if necessary.
Two US senators, Republican Mike Crapo of Idaho and Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio, have introduced a bill calling for imposing tougher sanctions on Russia. Political analyst Alexander Gusev told Radio Sputnik that such initiatives are based on nothing more than rumors and wild guesses.
The United States has used an approach that has outlived itself by slapping restrictive measures on a Russian citizen and three Russian companies over their alleged ties to the North Korean missile and nuclear efforts, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik.
The possible tightening of the US sanctions against Russian enterprises is unlikely to have an impact on the Russian economy as it does not impact the banking sector, the deputy chair of the Federation Council's Committee on Economic Policy, Sergey Kalashnikov, told Sputnik on Thursday.
US Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduces new sanctions against Russia at a Senate Committee meeting on Thursday, Shaheen's spokesman Ryan Nickel said on Wednesday.
A bipartisan US Senate bill to impose sanctions on Russia has been put on hold until further investigation, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said.
The sanction war has painfully backfired on the Western countries, UN Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy said.
Maintaining the sanctions imposed by Western states will not negatively affect Russia’s economy, which has adapted to these restrictive measures, UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures Idriss Jazairy said Thursday.
Russia's countermeasures to Western sanctions are proportional and normal diplomatic practice, Idriss Jazairy, Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures said Thursday.
Negotiations on a free trade deal between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the Moscow-led Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union (RuBeKa) may possibly resume given a favorable political situation, Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Maland told Sputnik on Thursday.
Italian lawmakers, going to the Yalta Economic Forum (YIEF) in Crimea, are calling for an end to sanctions on Russia that hamper bilateral trade, Stefano Valdegamberi, a parliamentarian from Italy’s Veneto province told Sputnik.
Should others strengthen sanctions on Russia, Canada will follow suit, Prime Minister Trudeau said.
Energy agreements between EU member states and Russia could undermine the sanctions regime, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said in a report published on Thursday.
US companies that focus on services have been more affected by sanctions imposed on Russia than their Russian counterparts, Russia's Trade Representative to the United States Alexander Stadnik told Sputnik on Friday.
Russia should not expect any mercy, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said that it was difficult to establish a time period for the EU sanctions against Russia lifting.
An overwhelming majority of German entrepreneurs in Russia hope the EU sanctions on Russia would be eased this year, although many are pessimistic about this outcome, a fresh poll has found.
A reported plan outlining a way for US President Donald Trump to lift anti-Russia sanctions and normalize Russian-Ukrainian relations is a dead-end, a senior Russian lawmaker told Sputnik on Monday.
The Kremlin is not aware of a recently-reported plan for US President Donald Trump to lift anti-Russia sanctions and normalize Russian-Ukrainian relations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik on Monday.
A reported plan outlining a way for US President Donald Trump to lift anti-Russia sanctions and normalize Russian-Ukrainian relations is absurd and not coordinated with Moscow, a senior Russian senator told Sputnik on Monday.
Cyprus considers the anti-Russia sanctions to be counterproductive for all sides, Cyprus Ambassador to Russia George Kasoulides told Sputnik.