Kremlin demands compensation from US for sanctions

Vladimir Putin believes the US must not only compensate for the loss resulting from the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions, but also the loss from "counter-sanctions" imposed by Russia, as well as reduce its presence in the NATO countries.

4 October 2016 10:22

Moscow has suspended the Plutonium Disposition Agreement between Russia and the US on October 3. The Kremlin has also put forward conditions, the fulfillment of which by the US can be followed by its renewal. The corresponding bill is registered in the database of the State Duma of Russia.

The agreement may be renewed after the abolition of the Magnitsky Act by Washington, lifting all sanctions against the Russian Federation, as well as compensation for the loss resulting from sanctions. At the same time, Putin believes that the US should compensate for those losses Russia has suffered "from the introduction of forced counter-sanctions against the United States of America."

All US actions on sanctions has been seen in the bill as "unfriendly policy" in relation to the Russian Federation.

Russia also requires the United States to reduce military infrastructure and the number of US troops in the NATO countries having joined it after 2000. Under the bill, the implementation of these requirements will prolong the Plutonium Disposition Agreement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously signed a decree suspending the Plutonium Disposition Agreement. The document noted that such measures were taken because of "unfriendly acts" of the United States against Russia.

Putin's official spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, also explained the suspension of the agreement by the fact that the Russian Federation "considers it is impossible to further implement the provisions of the agreement alone."