Russia promises ‘strong response’ to US sanctions on Ukraine
Russia on Wednesday promised a “strong” response to US sanctions imposed over President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of Ukraine’s breakaway republics.
“There should be no doubt that a strong response will be given to the sanctions,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
He offered no details, only noting that Russia will take asymmetric and “measured” retaliatory measures targeting “sensitive” US interests.
The Biden administration imposed the “first tranche” of economic measures in response to what it called the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
These include actions against Russian banks, cutting off the country from Western financing by targeting Moscow’s sovereign debt and penalizing oligarchs and their families who are part of Putin’s inner circle.
Germany on Tuesday suspended certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the European Union is set to announce sweeping sanctions against hundreds of Russian officials and lawmakers.
The United States and its allies have warned of new sanctions if Putin expands his country’s military presence beyond the two territories in the eastern Donbass region that Moscow recognized as independent this week.
In its statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry called the “reflexive” measures “blackmail, intimidation and threats” that have failed to deter Russia since it annexed Crimea and backed Donbass separatists in 2014.
“Russia has proven that with all the costs of sanctions, it is able to minimize the damage. And even more, the pressure of sanctions is not able to affect our determination to firmly defend our interests.