Kostin called the US sanctions close Putin crazy

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in Photobacterium, Chairman of the Board of VTB Bank Andrey Kostin. Archival photoKostin called the US sanctions close Putin crazy© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The head of VTB Andrey Kostin called crazy introduction of personal sanctions against Russian businessmen from the United States on the principle of friendship and closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The U.S. Congress passed in 2017, the law «On combating the enemies of America through sanctions.» According to the law, the Secretary of state, Minister of Finance and the Director of national intelligence have until the end of January 2018 to provide to Congress a list of persons having close links with the Russian authorities, as well as to assess the prospects of imposing sanctions against the defendants in this list. It is expected that the report on new sanctions will be published on 29 January.

Currently in the sanctions list of the USA several dozen Russian citizens — businessmen, public and political figures.

«Any lists — well, what is it? Define businessmen close to Putin, are far? Putin was legitimately elected President of a great country, and sanctions based on proximity, friendship — that’s crazy. The other can not say,» — said Kostin RIA Novosti on the sidelines of the world economic forum in Davos.

«Our position on sanctions known. They really illegal, cause enormous damage to relations with the United States and world politics. We do not recognize these sanctions because they are illegal», — said Mr. Kostin.Kostin called the US sanctions close Putin crazy© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia against Russia and international trade