A bill has been submitted to the State Duma , which provides for retaliatory actions against the anti-Russian policy of the West . The document examines Moscow’s measures in various industries. The Kremlin has already stressed that Moscow’s decisions will be aimed at protecting Russia’s national interests.
The draft law is submitted jointly by the chairman of the State Duma and the leaders of parties.
“This bill provides for the possibility of the government imposing various restrictive measures on goods and citizens of the United States of America and other countries that have taken restrictive measures against the Russian Federation,” explains the first deputy chairman of the Duma, Alexander Zhukov.
Officially, the bill is called “On measures to influence the unfriendly actions of the United States of America and (or) other foreign states.”
The text of the draft law is in its very first edition, fits on 7 pages, proposed measures of action are described in some detail here. There are a total of 16 items and specific lists of goods and foreign citizens, who will be banned from entering the territory of Russia.
Perhaps most important: the suspension of international cooperation with companies involving American capital in the nuclear and missile-motor industries. This can be a big blow, for example, for the Boeing corporation or for the American space program.
“Until recently, America bought engines from us, but now I hope that this will no longer happen,” the head of the ” Just Russia ” faction in the State Duma, Sergey Mironov , emphasizes .
Further on the list is a ban on the purchase of technological equipment or software in the US. No more contracts for consulting, auditing and legal services with companies – the “big four” may entirely be pushed out of the Russian market; PWC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG. Charges for flights over the territory of Russia are proposed to be increased, and the export of rare earth metals should be banned. There is a ban on American pharmaceuticals, as well as other goods on the list approved by the government.
“This bill is about banning or restricting the importation of agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs, whose country of origin is the United States, as well as alcohol and tobacco products,” Ivan Melnikov, first deputy chairman of the State Duma from the Communist Party.
But the prohibitions do not apply to the purchase and importation of goods to Russia for personal use (individual shoppers) The point is at political level.
“A list banning the entry of US citizens into Russia will be introduced, and the activity of Americans who may even be high-class specialists will be stopped,” adds Vladimir Zhirinovsky , head of the LDPR faction in the Duma .
On Monday, April 16, 2018, an extraordinary meeting of the Council of the State Duma will be held, at which the leaders of all factions and heads of committees will consider this bill.