In its third, final reading, the Russian Parliament adopted on Tuesday the law authorizing the president to refrain from countering the United States and other countries that are “unfriendly” against Moscow.
Under the law, the Russian President may, on the initiative of the government, impose sanctions on Russia against “unfriendly conduct” countries, organizations directly or indirectly under their jurisdiction, officials and nationals of those countries. The law allows for the abolition or suspension of international cooperation in certain sectors, the ban on the import and export of goods and raw materials, the exclusion from public procurement procedures and privatization at state and local level.
The law also permits other restrictions “in accordance with the president’s decision to allow for operational responses in a changing situation”.
The draft law has been relaxed by Russian MPs since the first reading, the number of possible countermeasures dropped from 16 to 6 and the text of the text also excluded the specific names of sectors, goods and services sanctioned. Following outrage in the first version of the country, countermeasures do not cover vital goods, including medicines that can not be replaced by Russian sources.
The draft presented by Vyacheslav Vologne and the four faction leaders was adopted by the State Duma in a final version on Tuesday with a single stay.