Russia: New US sanctions 'absolutely illegal' — Peskov *AUDIO*

The Press Secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitri Peskov, said the newly imposed US sanctions against Russia are against international law, talking to reporters from Moscow on Thursday. “We need to say that we consider it absolutely unacceptable to link the new restrictive measures, which we still consider illegal, to the Salisbury case”, said the Kremlin spokesperson. “Such... Еще sanctions, as well as those that were adopted by the US side earlier, in our understanding and in our conviction, are absolutely illegal and not in accordance with international law,” Peskov added. However Moscow believes it is too early to talk about possible retaliatory measures to the new US sanctions. “We have heard official statements about new so-called sanctions, we have heard a certain high-ranking source who spoke about the possibility of certain restrictions on Russia. Therefore, it would be wrong to talk about some retaliatory measures until we understand specifically and officially what it involves.” “Russia certainly still hopes, and President Putin said this during a press conference in Helsinki a few weeks ago, to build constructive relations with Washington”, concluded Peskov. On Wednesday the US administration announced new sanctions against Russia citing Moscow’s alleged use of chemical weapons in Salisbury as the reason.

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