'Kremlin Report' Confirms US is 'Unpredictable Partner' – Moscow

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Published 31-01-2018, 00:00
The United States has revealed itself as an unpredictable actor, due to contradictory statements coming out from Washington about the "Kremlin Report," which contains a list of top Russian officials who may be sanctioned, and the restrictions that it may trigger in the near future.

"Unfortunately, we are dealing with unpredictable partners, and, of course, against the background of such unpredictability, it is necessary to remain concentrated, at least, we need to act in accordance with the understanding what we want. The president said this yesterday, in this case, first of all, it is necessary to do what corresponds to our own interests," Peskov told reporters, answering the question about a claim that the list of the officials in "the Kremlin Report" was replaced right before the publication.

Peskov went on to say that it is not up to the Russian leadership to try to determine if the list had been altered or not.

At the same time, he repeated the words of the Russian president, who had called the "Kremlin Report" an unfriendly step. He joined the list of Russian officials criticizing the report along with Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who said on Wednesday that the document's impact on the bilateral ties is yet to be analyzed.

Dmitry Peskov also noted that Moscow does not see a thaw in bilateral ties with Washington, answering the question on US President Trump's address in the Congress.

Trump in Congress, said that China and Russia are defying the interests, economy, and values of the United States. He also urged Congress to stop reducing the military budget and spoke about the need to modernize the country's nuclear arsenal.

Kremlin Report

The US Treasury on Monday published a declassified part of the so-called "Kremlin Report," which includes the majority of the Russian government, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the heads of state corporations and state banks, as well as businesspeople with a fortune of up to $1 billion. In total, 210 people are on the list. Although the list doesn't automatically mean the imposition of sanctions on those included in it, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the sanctions will "come out" of the list in the forthcoming months.



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