WEB DESK – The sanctions imposed by US on Russian lawmakers and banks seemed to be of least concern of Russian President Vladmir Putin who literally made fun of American sanctions and announced to open his salary account in the same bank that faces US sanctions.
Putin, on Friday, while speaking to media mocked US sanctions.
He said “Yes, these are those so-called ‘polite people in camouflage with guns’,” ironically said Putin hinting at Western accusations that Russian soldiers have taken bases in Crimea. Putin also said that He will open an account at US-sanctioned Rossiya Bank.
While hinting on travelling sanction imposed on Russian lawmakers by US, Putin said in a satirical manner “Look at them, typical Moskals [pejorative term for Russians].” He pointed at US sanctioned prominent businessmen Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, Gennady Timchenko, head of the Volga Group and Yury Kovalchuk, the owner of Rossiya Bank while saying “I need to avoid these citizens as they are ‘compromising the country’.”
On Thursday the US expanded its sanctions list by adding 20 more names. US President Barack Obama announced a new executive order imposing further sanctions on top Russian officials and businessmen.
Aleksey Gromov, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration; Sergey Ivanov, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office; and Sergey Naryshkin, Speaker of the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, are among those mentioned. Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin is also on the list. The order also allows for measures against Russian energy, mining, defense, and engineering sectors.