USA should understand what they want, Putin said

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in fotoracconti for Russian President Vladimir Putin during pre-election meeting with his Trustees in the arcade. 30 Jan 2018USA should understand what they want, Putin said© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

The inclusion of Russian human rights defenders, «the Kremlin list» of US Treasury shows that the Americans do not know what they want and they need to understand it, said acting President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday at a meeting with the Trustees.

The U.S. Treasury in the night of Tuesday published «the Kremlin list», which included almost the entire leadership of the Russian Federation and major Russian businessmen – more than 200 people. The list was prepared in accordance with the law «On combating the enemies of America through sanctions», which was adopted in the U.S. in the summer of 2017. It does not entail the automatic imposition of sanctions against these individuals, but implies that the restrictive measures against them from the United States can be introduced in the future. Putin called the report «an unfriendly act» that harms the relations between Russia and the United States as a whole. According to him, Moscow is not interested in having to cease relations with Washington will refrain from retaliatory steps after the publication of the list and will monitor the situation. The President also noted that Russia is against this background, should deal primarily with domestic issues, guided by the rule «the dog barks, but the caravan moves on.»

«In this list, by the way, made my adviser, who heads the presidential Council on human rights, which means that all human rights defenders, there have,, or what, with him? So they want to fight for human rights or they will be punishing those who do we have fighting for human rights? This list made employee of the administration (President) who is the Ombudsman for childhood and at the same time raise the question of the return to the practice of adoption of our children by Americans. So they want to do this or they will be subjected to all sanctions, who is engaged in this area of activity? What they want? They need for themselves to decide what they want,» — said Putin.

The current President, who is running for the upcoming presidential elections as independent candidate, on Tuesday held a meeting with his Trustees in the arcade. Earlier, Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the meeting with the Trustees as a candidate for the presidential elections to be held outside of the presidential working time.