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Speaking with Izvestia newspaper in an interview published last week, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov hinted at a means of retribution still available to the Kremlin, which could be used towards the U.S., if further sanctions were to be imposed on Russia or its citizens.

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department named over 200 Russians to a list (that includes 96 "oligarchs") considered to have close ties with the Kremlin. Many of these people are expected to receive sanctions as part of a package signed into law in August of last year.

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