Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States has taken a 'hostile step' by releasing a list detailing the wealth and political relations of 210 people who have a close relationship with the Kremlin. But he said Russia would not take revenge.
The US Treasury published the list on Monday, as enacted by a law passed by Congress in August aimed at punishing Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election in America .
American President Donald Trump reluctantly signed the law, and government officials said Monday that there is currently no plan to impose new sanctions on the Kremlin.
In a written statement, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said that it had beaten Russian companies.
"Now we have told Congress that this law and its implementation prevent Russia from selling weapons," Nauert wrote. "Since the enactment of … the law, we estimate that foreign governments have canceled the purchase of weapons worth several billion dollars from Russia."
Some Kremlin officials react angrily to the list. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said it would "poison the relationship for a long time".
But Putin is more restrained. Speaking at a campaign event Tuesday in Moscow, he said that although he was disappointed over the list, he would delay the retaliation, which seems to be because the list is not accompanied by American sanctions. [sp/ii]