Please note there are two completely different systems of ‘counting’ when it comes to the tit-for-tat sanctions competition between Russia and the United States. The Russian tally, and the American tally.
The Russian tally of Americans working in Russia generally includes everyone, including Russian civilian workers inside US diplomatic compounds. The American tally of Russians working within the United States generally includes just Russians. As a consequence, a higher percentage of Americans and their Russian civilian workers are affected. No, it is not equal.
The word used most is parity. Obviously this parity is not equal. Russia will always find a way to take umbrage, they remain the constant victim, and they are always acting ‘only in defense’.
We have returned, entirely, to Cold War petty competitions.
October 14, 22:50UTC+3
It is too early to discuss details, Duma’s Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said
ST PETERSBURG, October 14. /TASS/. Russia’s lower house of parliament, State Duma, drafts a bill retaliating the US anti-Russian sanctions, but it is too early to discuss details, Duma’s Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin told reporters on Saturday.
“I do not want to comment yet. We consider the issue,” he answered when asked about a possibility of approving such a bill.
“We are drawing up the issue, but cannot present it yet or give details about its contents,” Volodin added. “The issue is being scrutinized.”.
Crisis in Russian-US relations
In August, US President Donald Trump signed into law a bill toughening US sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The bill ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’ legalized restrictive measures imposed on Russia by the Obama administration. Former US President Barack Obama issued relevant decrees on 6 March and 18 December 2014, 1 April 2015, 26 July and 29 December 2016.
The sanctions created enormous obstacles to cooperation between Russian and US Armed Forces, special services and defense industries. Russian companies, primarily the energy ones, were denied Western loans. Besides, the law gives green light to new sanctions (bank assets freezes, non-issuance of US entry visas and so on) for “activities undermining cybersecurity … on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation.”
On September 2, the US authorities seized control of the buildings of the Russia’s consulate-general in San Francisco and trade mission in Washington, though both are Russian property and enjoy diplomatic immunity. Russian officials have been banned from the leased offices of the Russian trade mission in New York. The offices have searched by US officials since then.