Russian response to U.S. visa scandal needs to be measured, says Matviyenko

Russia has the right to counteract U.S. visa restrictions on Russian parliamentarians but its response needs to be measured, Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko has said on Aug.27.

Russia has the right to counteract U.S. visa restrictions on Russian parliamentarians but its response needs to be measured, Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko has said on Aug.27.

"As to further spiraling, the country indeed has the right to take appropriate countermeasures by international law but I think we should set aside all emotions and calmly weigh up and think about our response," Matviyenko told reporters.

The U.S. conduct "can be seen as an unfriendly move towards Russia," she said. "Clearly, I am positive that it will not pass unnoticed, vanish into the thin air, and we will draw appropriate conclusions," the Federation Council chairperson said.

Matviyenko was asked how the U.S. demarche might influence bilateral relations and how she felt about the initiative to blacklist U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

"The situation is rather complicated already," the Federation Council chairperson continued. "Visa restrictions on parliamentarians, their inclusion in some sanctions lists are unfriendly moves, the logic and meaning of which are very hard to explain. Yet such arguments such as putting the blame on Russia through these formats for the failures of one's policy in Ukraine, which has practically led to the breakup of this country, won't do," Matviyenko said.

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