“In any case, these are echoes of an unfriendly and even hostile attitude towards our country,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday, according to state media.
Peskov’s complaint followed Tillerson’s submission to Congress of a list of Russian defense and intelligence industry entities that western countries won't be able to work with starting next year. It’s the first step in implementing a sanctions law that President Trump’s team opposed on the grounds it would damage diplomatic engagement with Russia.
“As far as we can see, this willingness [to improve relations] is not so steady,” Peskov said.
Another ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that the sanctions are motivated by a U.S. desire to “take over the global arms market” by preventing companies and countries from purchasing Russian-made weapons.
"It is an example of unfair and obnoxious competition,” Igor Pshenichnikov, an expert at the Kremlin-founded Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, told another state-run media outlet. “The Americans will continue to exert pressure on their European allies in order to disrupt and erode any cooperation between Russia and other countries.”
Trump’s team, despite opposing the sanctions law when Congress debated the bill, has taken a derisive approach to such Russian protests. "I find it fascinating because the Russians, God bless them, they're saying, 'Why are Americans anti-Russian?’” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. "And why have we done the sanctions? Well, don't interfere in our elections and we won't be anti-Russian."