Anatoly Aksakov, head of the State Duma’s financial market committee, called the second package of US sanctions because of the poisoning of the Skripals with useless measures that would not affect Russia. It is reported by RIA Novosti.In August, US President Donald Trump signed a decree introducing a second package of sanctions against the Russian Federation due to the poisoning of ex-intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury. Since August 26, the sanctions have entered into force. They prohibit US banks from participating in the primary sale of non-ruble sovereign debt and from providing non-ruble loans to the Russian government. Sanctions also require the blocking of international financial assistance to Russia. As RBC owned by Grigory Berezkin wrote, both measures are symbolic.According to Aksakov, the market and the banking community reacted to these measures “quite calmly”. He drew attention to the fact that Fitch upgraded the rating of Russia and state-owned companies of the Russian Federation when the sanctions were already known.“This [the second package of sanctions – ed.], Let’s say, the demonstration is more likely for internal use: there is an election campaign, there is internal political fuss,” the deputy said.According to him, for many years Russia has not received external loans from international organizations and did not aspire to this, since it has a surplus budget and a small public debt.Among the negative consequences of the sanctions, Aksakov called “not improving atmosphere” and “the continuation of anti-Russian sentiment.”According to Viktor Zubarev, member of the State Duma Budget and Tax Committee, the second package of sanctions in the Skripale case will harm the United States itself.According to RIA Novosti, Zubarev said that these measures threaten multibillion-dollar losses for US banks and “further deformation” of the US reputation in the global market.“Regime intervention in the free financial activities of their own business structures looks, at least, ill-conceived,” the deputy noted.