The United States’ plan to impose sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin would be an “extreme” measure that would mean a complete severing of ties between the two countries, the Kremlin noted Thusday.
US Senators, with the support of the White House, unveiled Wednesday evening, a package of severe sanctions intended to “devastate” the Russian economy if Moscow invaded Ukraine.
The measures would include personal sanctions against Putin, as well as against several other senior officials, including Prime Minister Mikhail Mishoustin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Sanctioning a head of state and other senior officials would be a rare move, as the United States previously limited its sanctions to lower-level officials.
“The introduction of sanctions against the head of government or the head of Russia is an extreme measure which is comparable to a severing of relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters at a briefing , according to the official TASS news agency.
“What is Russia ready to do? Russia is always ready and will always do what is in the best interest of our country, ”he added.
Under the bill, the US government would also be required to investigate and publish a report into the wealth and personal assets of Putin, members of his family, and anyone else the United States believes has assets. in his name.
Because of the United States’ leadership role in the global economy, personal sanctions effectively prohibit individuals from going to or accessing property and bank accounts held in most Western countries.
Talks between Moscow, Washington and NATO in Europe this week have so far lack bring the parties closer to a resolution of what Moscow called “great and fundamental differences. “
Moscow wants legal guarantees that NATO will never admit Ukraine as a member and has demanded that troop deployments across the alliance be reduced to the 1997 positions, before the bloc spreads to the ‘Eastern Europe.
The United States has called the proposals “not started,” and high-level talks in Geneva and Brussels this week have failed to bring the parties closer together.
Peskov on Thursday rejected NATO calls for Russia to defuse the situation by withdrawing the estimated 100,000 troops who have been deployed near the Ukrainian border.
“It is hardly possible that NATO can dictate to Russia where to move its troops on its own territory,” he said.