Moscow’s response to the new sanctions imposed by US President Joe Biden will be strong and sensitive, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, which coincided with a new wave of sanctions, in this case from the European Union.
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According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, “there should be no doubt: there will be a strong response to sanctions, not necessarily symmetrical, but verified and sensitive to the US side,” the agency said.
This is Russia’s reaction to the fact that the United States announced on Tuesday the first sanctions due to the situation around Ukraine, against banks VEB and Promsvyazbank with their numerous subsidiaries, sovereign debt and what it called five representatives of the country’s elites .
In addition, Americans were prohibited from trade, investment, and financial transactions with the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, whose independence was recognized by Russia.
At the same time, it emerged that if the UK carries out its threats against Russian media, it will face a response from Russia, according to a statement by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
This, after it transpired that this Wednesday, the British Government urged the regulator of television broadcasts in that country, Ofcom, to review the license of the Russian network RT due to the crisis in Ukraine.
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In addition, this Wednesday the European Union (EU) completed the procedure for approving sanctions for Russia’s recognition of the independent republics of Lugansk and Donestk, the details of which are expected before the end of the day, according to a statement from the office of representation of the French Presidency of the EU.
The completion of the technical procedure means that all EU countries have signed the new package of sanctions, which would be at the center of a meeting scheduled for this Thursday by the leaders in an extraordinary summit to deal with the Ukraine crisis. .
“It is important that we continue to be united and firm and define together a collective approach,” said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, in the call to the Heads of State and Government of the Twenty-seven.
�� President #Putin: One glance at the map is enough to see to what extent Western countries have kept their promise to refrain from #BORN‘s eastward expansion. They just cheated. We’ve seen five waves of NATO expansion – its military infrastructure has reached Russia’s borders. pic.twitter.com/P9xhtUjIs3
— MFA Russia ���� (@mfa_russia)
February 23, 2022
On Monday, President Vladimir Putin declared in a televised speech that he considers it necessary to immediately recognize the sovereignty of Donetsk and Lugansk, and signed the corresponding decrees. He also instructed to watch over the maintenance of peace in the republics.