Russia to expand 'black list' of Americans, in retaliation to US sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia would use the principle of parity in its response to the sanctions.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia would use the principle of parity in its response to the sanctions.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday (March 16) that Moscow would respond to a new set of United States sanctions by expanding its "black list" of Americans, RIA news agency reported.

Mr Ryabkov said that Russia would use the principle of parity in its response to the sanctions, imposed on Russia for allegedly interfering in US elections and cyber attacks, but that Moscow does not rule out extra measures, according to RIA.

Moscow wants to maintain dialogue with Washington, and people in the United States who want to destroy relations with Russia are playing with fire, RIA cited Mr Ryabkov as saying.

On the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain, Moscow expects Britain, the US and their partners to soon take new steps against Russia, a senior Russian diplomat was quoting as saying by RIA.

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