The Kremlin says the Russian businessmen who shared anti-Russian views to get personal Western sanctions lifted were traitors, APA reports citing Al Jazeera.
The European Union’s Official Journal showed that the EU removed three Russian business leaders from its sanctions list, initially introduced to punish Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was unlikely Europe could explain the logic of the decision-making process behind the sanctions.
Russia considers any seizure of private property or encroachment on individual business assets “contrary … to international legislation”, he added.
Peskov called the businessmen traitors who took a position against Russia because of the sanctions: “There are businessmen who slip into anti-Russian positions and who try get sanctions taken off for 12 pieces of silver – they are traitors,” said Peskov.
“There are (also) entrepreneurs who systematically and methodically defend their interests in court – this is the right of any entrepreneur and we treat this with respect,” Peskov said.