U.S. Curbs on Russian Banks Would Be Act Of Economic War - PM
By Andrey Ostroukh,
Tom Balmforth, and Patrica Zengerle
August 10, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia would consider any U.S. move to curb the operations of Russian banks or their foreign currency dealings a declaration of economic war, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.
The United States announced a new round of sanctions on Wednesday targeting Russia that pushed the rouble to two-year lows and sparked a wider sell-off over fears Russia was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions.
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introduced last week in draft form by
Republican and Democratic senators
proposes curbs on the operations of
several state-owned Russian banks in the
United States and restrictions on their
use of the dollar.
Medvedev said Moscow would take economic, political or other retaliatory measures against the United States if Washington targeted Russian banks.
"I would not like to comment on talks about future sanctions, but I can say one thing: If some ban on banks' operations or on their use of one or another currency follows, it would be possible to clearly call it a declaration of economic war," said Medvedev.
"And it would be necessary, it would be needed to react to this war economically, politically, or, if needed, by other means. And our American friends need to understand this," he said, speaking on a trip to the Russian Far East.
The fate of the bill he was referring to is not certain.
The full U.S. Congress will not be back in Washington until September, and even then, congressional aides said they did not expect the measure would pass in its entirety.
While it was difficult to assess so far in advance, they said it was more likely that only some of its provisions would be included as amendments in another piece of legislation, such as a spending bill Congress must pass before Sept. 30 to prevent a government shutdown.
(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh and Tom Balmforth in Moscow and Patrica Zengerle in Washington; Editing by Andrew Osborn)
This article was originally published by "Reuters" -
The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.
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