The Kremlin considers that the US expanding the Magnitsky sanctions list, by including the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov in it, is an unamicable step and promised to take action.
A corresponding statement was made by Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
"We consider these sanctions unlawful, unamicable, we do not agree with them," he said.
According to Peskov, the Russian Federation will take reciprocal actions.
Answering the clarifying question “who can become an "equivalent to Kadyrov" from the American side and an object of appropriate Russian sanctions, Peskov said that Americans have "few people."
Earlier, QHA reported that the United States included the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and four other Russians to the sanctions list in accordance with the "Magnitsky law" for human rights violations.
Kadyrov was included in the sanctions list for being responsible for extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals seeking to expose illegal activity carried out by officials of the Government of the Russian Federation.
Apart from Kadyrov, the list also includes Ayub Kataev, Yulia Mayorova, Andrei Pavlov and Alexei Sheshenya. The sanctions will come into force on 21 December.