Russian President Vladimir Putin would decide what counter-sanctions to impose on Washington, a day after U.S. President Joe Biden hit Moscow with an array of punitive measures, a Kremlin spokesman has said on Friday.
In worsening bilateral ties, Washington on Thursday angered Moscow as Biden a new round of sanctions on Russia for alleged election interference and hacking.
The U.S. government blacklisted Russian companies, expelled Russian diplomats and barred U.S. banks from buying sovereign bonds from Russia’s central bank, national wealth fund and Finance Ministry.
It would be recalled that Biden has promised to take a much firmer approach on Moscow than his predecessor Donald Trump.
Last month Biden caused an uproar in Moscow after he agreed with a description of Putin as a “killer”.
Reacting to Thursday’s sanctions, Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was still deciding on its response, saying it would come soon but without giving a definite time.
“The principle of reciprocity for such matters has not been cancelled, but everything will depend on the decisions made by the (Russian) head of state.
Peskov added that the Kremlin had yet to decide on Putin’s possible participation in a U.S.-led climate summit even though he said it was “good” that Biden was seeking dialogue with his Russian counterpart.
“Their views categorically do not coincide when it comes to creating mutually beneficial relations and taking each other’s interests into account,” Peskov said of Putin and Biden.
The spokesman noted that the penalties will not “help” the potential summit.