The Kremlin stated that it would respond to any new illegal sanctions imposed by the United States on Russia and warned that the new measures would reduce the chances of a meeting between US President Biden and Russian President Putin.
A source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday that the United States may announce new sanctions against Russia as early as Thursday on the grounds that it is suspected of interfering in US elections and cyber attacks. The targets of the new sanctions should be several individuals and entities.
The Kremlin rejected allegations that the United States interfered in the 2020 election and hacked the SolarWinds software.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow will wait for developments before commenting on sanctions.
But he added that the Kremlin’s position on these measures and its response to them remain unchanged.
Peskov said: “We condemn any intention to impose sanctions. We believe that sanctions are illegal and the principle of reciprocity will be applied under all circumstances.”
“Mutual benefit, to ensure our interests in every possible way.”
He emphasized that Russia does not want its relations with Washington to “step forward and then take two steps back.”
In a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Biden invited Putin to participate in a series of meetings and told Moscow to ease tensions on the Ukrainian border.
So far, the Kremlin has reacted coldly to the US President’s proposal, knowing that it will depend on the US’s actions towards Russia.
Peskov said on Thursday that the new US sanctions will not increase the chances of holding such meetings, so he added that the decision depends on the two presidents.
He said that Putin’s participation in the Biden Climate Summit is still under discussion.
The Kremlin spokesperson also pointed out that the situation around Ukraine is still tense because the US and NATO forces are still near the Russian border.
Therefore, despite reports that the United States has cancelled the dispatch of its two warships to the Black Sea, Peskov claimed that it is too early to talk about downgrading.