Russia says will not delay response to U.S. sanctions: RIA

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will not delay adopting legislation in response to new U.S. sanctions, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday, RIA news agency reported.

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Senior members of the lower house of parliament have said they are considering legislation to give the Kremlin powers to ban or restrict a list of U.S. imports.

Ryabkov said Moscow was discussing what he called Washington’s abuse of the dollar’s status as the global reserve currency.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Robin Pomeroy