Kremlin brands US sanctions against Chechen strongman ‘illegal’


Russia on Thursday branded US sanctions against Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov “illegal and unfriendly” after Washington accused the key Kremlin ally of involvement in murder and torture.


On Wednesday, the US Treasury hit the Chechen leader with financial sanctions under the 2012 Magnitsky Act, accusing Kadyrov of personal involvement in repression, torture and extra-judicial killings.

“We consider these sanctions to be illegal, we consider them unfriendly, we disagree with them,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

Asked whether Moscow will respond to the move, Peskov said: “With some certainty, we can assume that the principle of reciprocity will be observed.”

He did not provide further details.

The Russian foreign ministry struck a similar note.

“This all looks very grotesque because it is not rooted in reality,”…

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