Russian analyst, director of Carnegie research center, Dmitri Trenin on Friday (April 16) said that U.S. sanctions recently imposed on Russia will not lead to serious and long-term consequences for the Russian economy.
Trenin linked it to Kremlin policy to increase the economic independence of Russia from the West.
Russia will respond with a mirror expulsion of American diplomats from Russia, but further steps were hard to predict as they would not be symmetrical, the analyst said.
The United States on Thursday imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia, including curbs to its sovereign debt market, to punish it for interfering in last year’s U.S. election, cyber-hacking, bullying Ukraine, and other alleged “malign” actions.
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