The expansion of US sanctions, which have targeted entities responsible for constructing a bridge link between Crimea and the mainland, has been met routinely in Russia. As the Kremlin thinks of countermeasures, Russian companies insist their business will continue as usual.

 

On Thursday, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 37 individuals and entities to a sanctions list “related to Russia and Ukraine.” The list, initially introduced back in 2014, now includes an additional 11 Crimean officials, seven firms that participate in the construction of the 19 km (11.8 miles) road-and-rail bridge across the Kerch Strait, as well as vital defense industry firms operating in Crimea were also sanctioned.

 

A Kremlin spokesperson said that Moscow will analyze the new list, but will most likely respond with countermeasures.

 

“We have to analyze what was expanded, but usually, in such cases, a principle of reciprocity is used,” presidential pres secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists.

 

Peskov also stressed that sanctions rhetoric will lead the US nowhere.“We are not talking about sanctions,” Peskov said. “We do not think such a rhetoric is constructive, promising and conducive to the solution of any problems.”