Russia may limit industrial imports to retaliate against new sanctions

Russia's sanctions against the United States and the European Union may go beyond food and restrictions on the imports of industrial goods may be imposed, Vedomosti wrote on Monday, referring to two federal officials.

A possible measure is a complete or almost complete ban on the imports of vehicles from unfriendly countries. Source: PhotoXPress

Russia's sanctions against the United States and the European Union may go beyond food and restrictions on the imports of industrial goods may be imposed, Vedomosti wrote on Monday, referring to two federal officials.

The officials told the newspaper the government had filed proposals to that effect with President Vladimir Putin.

An official said the government submitted a report to the president several days after the EU and the United States had imposed sectoral sanctions on Russia. The report suggested a variety of retaliatory sanctions but it was ordered to ban only the food imports.

"So, Russia may impose additional sanctions if the EU and the United States tighten their sanctions against us," Vedomosti cited the official as saying.

The other official said the president had not ordered the government to draw up documents introducing new sanctions.

According to Vedomosti, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov did not rule out retaliatory steps of Russia in the case the West decided to tighten the sanctions.

Russia has had to impose the sanctions and it will consider broader retaliatory measures in the case the European Union and the United States take new steps, Peskov said. The new Russian sanctions will depend on the Western moves, Vedomosti quoted Peskov as saying.

A possible measure is a complete or almost complete ban on the imports of vehicles from unfriendly countries, a federal official said. He said the demand could be met by domestic production, primarily, assembly plants.

It is also possible to limit the imports of medical equipment but this is a sensitive issue which requires additional discussion, he told Vedomosti.

The newspaper recalled that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had warned about a possibility of new sanctions.

"No additional sanctions are being planned for now," a representative of the government office told the newspaper. He found it difficult to comment on the situation, Vedomosti said.

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