April 24, 2018 / 9:33 AM / a year ago

Kremlin cautious about possible easing of U.S. curbs on Rusal

FILE PHOTO: Aluminium ingots are seen stored at the foundry shop of the Rusal Krasnoyarsk aluminium smelter in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin//File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow is “cautious” about the possibility of Washington easing its sanctions on Russia’s biggest aluminum producer Rusal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

The United States on Monday gave Rusal’s American customers more time to comply with sanctions.

“In this case I would be rather cautious, as these statements are so hypothetical. It is clear that the decisions that have been taken are a painful blow to aluminum buyers on many continents, and naturally buyers are asking themselves why they have to bear the burden,” Peskov said.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Andrey Ostroukh

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