Russian State Duma to examine US counter sanctions on May 15

Russian State Duma to examine US counter sanctions on May 15

Russia’s State Duma will begin examining legislation in retaliation against new US sanctions at the first reading on May 15.

The State Duma Council made this decision at its first special session, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Economic Policy and Industry Vladimir Gutenev said, TASS reported.

The bill "On measures for influencing unfriendly actions by the US and (or) other foreign states" was submitted on April 13. It was developed "as a retaliatory measure against challenges mounted by the US and its officials in the form of unfriendly and unconstructive actions on the introduction of ‘sanctions’ against Russia in general, its citizens and legal entities."

In accordance with the draft law, the Russian government "is vested with the authority to introduce some measures, both economic and political ones, chiefly directed at the removal by the US of the so-called unfriendly acts." Among them are bans on deliveries of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, agricultural and industrial products, technological equipment and program software. Their imports to Russia from the US and countries that support Washington’s policy "for personal use" are the only exception.

The initiative also contains restrictions for cooperation in the nuclear and rocket engine industries, as well as in the aircraft industry. "Blacklists" for Americans banning their entry to Russia will also be drawn.