Putin signed an executive order giving Russia the authority to halt exports and cancel contracts to retaliate against 'unfriendly actions'
- Putin signed an executive order allowing
Russiato halt exports and cancel existing contracts.
- He is retaliating against countries that have launched 'unfriendly actions' against Russia.
The broad directive aims "to protect the national interests of the Russian Federation in response to unfriendly actions, which contradict international law, undertaken by the US, and joined by other foreign states and international organizations," according to a document posted on Russia's presidential website.
The "unfriendly actions" deprived Russia, its citizens, and legal entities of their property rights, according to the document.
Putin's order came into force on Tuesday. He has also ordered the Russian government to draw up a sanctions list over the next ten days.
Putin's executive order came as the Russian economy is set for its biggest contraction in about three decades amid hard-hitting sanctions from the US and its allies over the war in
Various Russian government agencies are forecasting on-year GDP declines this year to be in the range of about 8% to more than 10%, according to Interfax, citing former finance minister Alexei Kudrin last month. Comparatively, the World Bank expects the Russian
Yet despite sweeping international sanctions, Russia's coffers appear to be holding up. The energy powerhouse avoided a historic debt default on Tuesday as an international clearinghouse processed a dollar bond payment for the country.
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