Political scientist, President of the Regional Policy Development Center Foundation Ilya Grashchenkov called this a curious but predictable situation.
The document on the introduction of Russian sanctions signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin is published on the portal of legal information. Under the ban were operators of underground gas storage facilities and traders. Also under Russian counter-sanctions was the Polish company EuRoPol GAZ SA, a participant in the Yamal-Europe project.
A Russian government document dated May 11 announced the introduction of a “prohibition on taking actions in accordance with” ... the Presidential Decree of May 3 “On the application of retaliatory special economic measures in connection with the unfriendly actions of certain foreign states and international organizations”.
Russian business structures are prohibited from entering into transactions with the Western subsidiaries of Gazprom, making any banking transactions and operations with securities. Sea vessels belonging to sanctions companies are prohibited from entering ports located on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Ilya Grashchenkov, President of the Center for the Development of Regional Policy Foundation, believes that such measures are a natural consequence of our country's long-term policy, which has been built into the Western economy for years, and then turned in the opposite direction.
“With such a policy, there can be no other scenario. We dreamed of becoming a sustainable fuel supply system for the West, for which huge funds were invested, but now here is such a curiosity - we are imposing sanctions against ourselves. The question arises of reassessing the situation: are we changing the vector out of the blue, or despite the fact that Russia was preparing for isolation, Gazprom still produced foreign subsidiaries. Have questions. This is very similar to the story of the freezing of Russia's gold and foreign currency reserves in March", - commented by a political scientist.
Recall that on May 3, President Vladimir Putin instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to draw up a list of "unfriendly persons" with whom economic relations would be interrupted within 10 days.