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Russia promises a “strong” and “painful” response to US sanctions

Russia promises a “strong” and “painful” response to US sanctions

Russia promises a “strong” and “painful” response to US sanctions

Russia on Wednesday promised a “strong” and “painful” response to US sanctions announced after the president Vladimir Putin recognize the independence of two Ukrainian breakaway regions.

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“Let there be no doubt: there will be a strong response to these sanctions, not necessarily symmetrical, but well calculated and painful for United States”, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

United States announced on Tuesday a “first round” of sanctions to block Russia’s access to Western financial markets, warning that additional measures are “on the table” should there be an escalation in the crisis. Ukraine.

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A senior US official indicated that the entire Russian financial system could be subject to sanctions.

“Russia has shown that with all the cost that sanctions imply, it is capable of minimizing the damage they cause,” Russian diplomacy affirmed, affirming that the pressure of these punitive measures “cannot influence Russia’s will to firmly defend its interests.” .

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Russia It denounced “blackmail and intimidation” by the United States, but stated that it remains “open to diplomacy based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and consideration of mutual interests,” the ministry added.

Sanctions were also announced by the European Union, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The most striking was Berlin’s decision to freeze the certification of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which is already completed, and which was to increase the flow of energy from Russia to Germany.

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Source: Elcomercio

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