According to Bloomberg, the US and UK are weighing additional sanctions against Russia over the alleged use of chemical weapons, with options ranging from sanctions against oligarchs to the extreme step of targeting the nation’s sovereign debt, according to people familiar with the matter.
British officials plan to push for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to continue to pressure Russia to provide answers over what they call the use of banned substances, and will raise potential measures with key European allies, including France and Germany, in the coming weeks, according to one of the people.
"Of course, Russia understands this, takes this into account, and works out various scenarios in order to ensure and protect interests of our country, our citizens and our business in the best way possible," the Kremlin representative said in response to a question whether Moscow has a plan of action if such restrictions are introduced, TASS reported.
The spokesman noted that Moscow meticulously registers reports of possible new sanctions, so far they are no more than media reports. "At the same time, of course, we understand that based on the mechanism that is used, for example, in Washington, the second part of sanctions is being announced," he pointed out.
It comes after Washington on Tuesday introduced a new round of sanctions over the Navalny case against Director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov, First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Kiriyenko, Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov and four more individuals, as well as a number of enterprises and institutions.