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Russia promises to retaliate against all sanctions imposed by European countries and the United States. According to Russian diplomacy, threats from the EU indicate that it suffers from “manias” of infallibility and impunity.
Moscow will not leave any new anti-Russian sanctions from the West unanswered, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday (May 6th) at a press conference, commenting on statements by the European Commission on the possibility of a response from Brussels to Russian counter-sanctions.
According to Lavrov, Brussels seems to succumb to its obsession with acting with impunity when it talks about new sanctions against Moscow and the “illegitimate” nature of the Russian response to its restrictions, Lavrov continued:
The Russian minister deplored this attitude of Brussels fueled by “the aggressive Russophobic lobby of the European Union”.
On April 30, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it had prohibited entry into Russian territory to several European officials, explaining that the decision was a response to restrictive measures introduced by the Council of the EU on March 2 and 22 in against six Russian citizens.
The entry ban into Russia concerns the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, the French Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Jacques Maire, the Vice-President of the European Commission Vera Jourova, the Berlin Prosecutor Jörg Raupach, Head of the Laboratory for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Safety of the Swedish Total Defense Research Institute (FOI) Asa Scott, Chairman of the Latvian National Council Ivars Abolins, Director of the Center Latvian of the state language Maris Baltins and the head of the Estonian language department Ilmar Tomusk.
The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, declared on May 1 that the European Union considered the decision “unacceptable”.
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