Moscow Says New Anti-Russia Sanctions Designed to Distract People in US, EU from Domestic Issues
TEHRAN (FNA)- The newly-imposed US sanctions against the Russian officials over the alleged poisoning of Alexei Navalny have been designed to distract people in the United States and the European Union from domestic issues, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
She added that the new sanctions has been a hostile anti-Russian lunge, RIA Novosti reported.
“One of the goals of this campaign is to distract attention from their own [the US and the EU] issues, both from chemical weapon issues and massive domestic problems," Zakharova stated.
Zakharova noted that such measures may further harm relations between Russia and the United States.
"We will respond based on the principle of reciprocity, but not necessarily symmetrically," Zakharova told during an interview.
On Tuesday, the US and the EU imposed sanctions on several Russian government officials and entities over the jailing and alleged poisoning of Navalny. The US imposition of sanctions came after the EU's blacklisting of several entities and officials was announced.
The US Treasury Department has blacklisted fourteen entities; thirteen of them are private companies, nine of which are located in Russia. Three are in Germany and another one in Switzerland. The remaining sanctioned entity is a Russian state research institute.
On Tuesday, Zakharova said Russia's response to new US sanctions will not necessarily be symmetrical, Washington's decision is a triumph of the absurd and a hostile attack that will not affect Moscow's policy.
"The absurd triumphs when the reason for the imposition of sanctions is declared to be a deliberately arranged provocation with the alleged 'poisoning' of Navalny with some 'chemical weapons'. All this is just an excuse to continue open interference in our internal affairs. We do not intend to put up with this. We will react on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, not necessarily symmetrically," Zakharova stated in a commentary.
"The US administration has undertaken a hostile anti-Russian attack, announcing, in a duet with the European Union, the next sanctions measures to 'punish Moscow'," she added.
"It is probably difficult for colleagues in the United States to understand the illusory claims to their own exclusivity and come to terms with it. Calculations to impose something on Russia through sanctions or other pressure have failed in the past, and fail now. If the United States is not ready for an equal dialogue on a reasonable basis, this is their choice. Regardless of the US 'sanctions bias', we will continue to consistently and resolutely defend our national interests, rebuffing any aggression. We call on our colleagues not to play with fire," Zakharova continued.
"Washington, being a serial violator of international treaties and agreements in the field of arms control and non-proliferation, is by definition deprived of the moral right to 'lecture' others," she stressed.