Russian president Vladimir Putin said he will open an account at Rossiya Bank after the US issued sanctions against it, the Russian president said during the meeting with the country’s senior security officials.
“I understand that this is a middle-sized bank,” said Putin, adding that he does not hold an account with the US-sanctioned bank yet, but will open it on Monday.
Putin also mocked the recent sanctions that have been imposed towards certain Russian lawmakers, some of whom took part in the meeting, including Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin.
“Russia needs to avoid these citizens as they are ‘compromising the country’,” he said, with irony.
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.
Prominent businessmen Arkady and Boris Rotenberg are also on the list – as well as the Russian Railways president, Vladimir Yakunin and businessman Gennady Timchenko, head of the Volga Group.
The order also allows for measures against Russian energy, mining, defense, and engineering sectors.
Putin on Friday assured that Russia will refrain from retaliatory sanctions against the US and introducing a visa regime with Ukraine.
Putin believes that millions of innocent Ukrainian would suffer should Russia introduce a visa regime with Ukraine.
“These people are not rich. They work in Russia to provide for their families. We shouldn’t do this,” he added.