Russia warns US ‘to not play with hearth’ on sanctions over Alexei Navalny’s poisoning

Russia warns US ‘to not play with hearth’ on sanctions over Alexei Navalny’s poisoning

The Biden administration imposed sanctions on Russian officers on Tuesday in response to the poisoning and imprisonment of the Kremlin critic

Russia warns US 'not to play with fire' on sanctions over Alexei Navalny's poisoning

File picture of Alexei Navalny. AFP

Moscow: Russia warned Wednesday it will “rebuff aggression” after the USA slapped Kremlin-linked officers with sanctions over the poisoning of opposition determine Alexei Navalny.

Washington on Tuesday imposed penalties in a coordinated motion with the European Union as US intelligence concluded that Moscow orchestrated the close to deadly poisoning of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny in August.

“We are going to proceed to systematically and resolutely defend our nationwide pursuits and rebuff aggression,” Russian international ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned, including Moscow would react on the premise of “reciprocity and never essentially symmetrically.”

She accused the USA of “making an attempt to domesticate the picture of an exterior enemy” as a technique to distract consideration from home issues.

“We urge our colleagues to not play with hearth,” she added in a press release printed late Tuesday.

The focused sanctions introduced Tuesday sign a more durable line from US President Joe Biden and add to a collection of penalities the EU and the USA have imposed on Russia since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Echoing feedback made by Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier Tuesday, Zakharova mentioned that Russia will reply in flip to the penalties.

“We are going to react on the premise of the precept of reciprocity and never essentially symmetrically,” she mentioned.

Navalny was flown to Germany for remedy however he defiantly returned in January, solely to be arrested after which despatched to a penal colony after spurring huge rallies via his allegations of corruption by Putin.

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