Kremlin says West’s sanctions don’t work, vows response

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a joint press conference with his Uzbek counterpart following their talks in Moscow on March 2, 2021. (Photo by Handout / RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / AFP) /

Russia said Tuesday that Western sanctions are ineffective and vowed to respond in kind following reports that the European Union and the United States are preparing new penalties against Moscow.

“Those who continue to depend on these measures should probably give it some thought: are they achieving some goal by continuing such a policy?” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“The answer will be obvious: such a policy does not achieve its goals,” he added.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meanwhile said Moscow would “definitely answer” measures from the West.

“Nobody has cancelled the rules of diplomacy, and one of these rules is the principle of reciprocity,” he said at a press briefing with his counterpart from Uzbekistan.

EU member states this week approved sanctions to be slapped on four senior Russian justice and law enforcement officials involved in the detention of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Navalny was jailed in mid-January after returning to Moscow from Germany, where he had spent months recovering from a poisoning with a banned nerve agent he blames on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin denies it was behind the attack.

CNN reported Monday that US President Joe Biden’s administration is also preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for the poisoning and imprisonment of Navalny.

Citing two administration officials, CNN reported that the United States will coordinate with the European Union to determine what the sanctions will entail and their exact timing.

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