Russia’s top diplomat on Thursday described the US policy towards Moscow as “stupid” and warned that his country would retaliate if Washington imposes new sanctions.
Asked about the prospect of further sanctions from Washington, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that all attempts to pressure Russia are doomed to fail.
He described the US policy towards Russia as “in a dead end and even stupid”, emphasizing that previous rounds of US sanctions have failed to achieve their goals.
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“These actions have taught us one thing: we need to trust ourselves because the United States and its allies are not reliable partners,” said Lavrov on a visit to Kazakhstan, adding that “naturally, we will respond to any hostile step”.
Last month, Russia called back its ambassador to Washington after US President Joe Biden was asked in an interview whether he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was a “killer” and replied, “I think” .
In taking a tough stance on Russia, Biden said the days when the United States “rolled” over to Putin are over – in contrast to the approach of former President Donald Trump, who often spoke of the Russian leader with approval. The Biden government warned that Russia would soon face sanctions for its attempt to influence the 2020 presidential election to help Trump’s re-election attempt, and for the massive SolarWinds hacks.
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Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union had already fallen to post-Cold War casualties after Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, interfering with elections and hacker attacks.
More recently, relations have deteriorated further with the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after his poisoning – which he attributed to the Kremlin. Russian authorities rejected the accusations.