Selin ATAY-TDO-U.S. sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline are not a friendly action and they will draw a response, said Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.
“U.S. sanctions over the pipeline would affect bilateral relations between Moscow and Washington. We will respond based on the principle of reciprocity," Vladimir Putin told his annual year-end news conference in Moscow.
The U.S. Congress on Tuesday approved a defense budget including sanctions on companies involved in Nord Stream 2 project.
Turningto Libya, “We believe that the best possible way to find such a solution for the conflicting parties is to stop hostilities, and agree on who and within which mandate will run the country,” Russia’s president said.
Vladimir Putin assessed the decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to ban Russia from the Olympic and World Championships for 4 years on the grounds that it did not comply with doping rules, saying “Wada's decision is against Olympic principles.” he said.Arguing that many of the athletes had nothing to do with doping, Putin stressed that the penalties should be individual.