Moscow vows to retaliate against latest US sanctions

Russian Foreign Ministry has slammed fresh US sanctions, saying that Washington wants to aggravate tensions with Moscow and added that the move “would not be left without our reaction.”

Having imposed new sanctions against Russian citizens and companies, the US has once again demonstrated that it has opted for aggravating confrontation,” the ministry said in a statement Friday.

Continuing to cite the situation in Ukraine, Washington continues to expand the anti-Russia sanction campaign instead of pushing Kiev towards the implementation of Minsk agreements.”

Moscow stressed that such “provocations” do not just harm Russia-US relations but also hamper cooperation on resolving other global issues.

“Of course, such a move would not be left without our reaction,” the statement said.

On Thursday, the US imposed further sanctions against Russia over the events in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, targeting 11 more people and 15 more companies. Among the newly included companies were affiliates of Russian oil giant Rosneft and several organizations linked to one of the country’s major banks, Vnesheconombank.

Among the sanctioned people are associates of a billionaire Russian gas trader, Crimean port operators and former Ukrainian officials.

The US Embassy in Russia said that Washington regards the new sanctions not as an escalation of tensions between the countries, but rather as a step “to ensure that previously imposed sanctions retain their effectiveness.”

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