Russia says US playing ‘with fire’ by imposing sanctions

MOSCOW (HRNW) – Russia warned Wednesday it would “rebuff aggression” after the United States slapped Kremlin-linked officials with sanctions over the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Washington on Tuesday imposed penalties in a coordinated action with the European Union as US intelligence concluded that Moscow orchestrated the near fatal poisoning of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny in August.

“We will continue to systematically and resolutely defend our national interests and rebuff aggression,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, adding Moscow would react on the basis of “reciprocity and not necessarily symmetrically.”

She accused the United States of “trying to cultivate the image of an external enemy” as a way to distract attention from domestic problems.


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