Russia has devised a series of asymmetric measures to be taken should the United States tighten up sanctions, Deputy Foreign Minister Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday.
The diplomat was speaking at a meeting of the Federation Council’s international affairs committee, which discussed the bill on the suspension of the plutonium disposal agreement with the United States.
“The US policy of sanctions towards Russia has continued for a long time. We have used this period to do some research and to reserve a series of measures that might be used asymmetrically, if the regime of sanctions is tightened further,” he said.
The foreign affairs committee of the Federation Council has recommended the upper house to approve the law on suspending the Russian-US deal on the disposal of plutonium earlier on Monday:
“The document implementation is suspended amid new circumstances in the relations of the sides,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said presenting the document at the committee’s meeting. The diplomat named a range of unfriendly US steps against Russia.
“From the international and legal viewpoint, the array of steps taken by the US led to a drastic change in the circumstances that existed at the moment when the deal was signed,” the diplomat explained. “This wording fits the provisions of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and allows suspending the effect of the agreement based on the convention.”