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Moscow will certainly react if the US imposes ‘high-impact’ sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists on Thursday. The announcement was made following a statement by US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland about sanctions "the likes of which we have not used before”.
Moscow announced its warship has prevented a US Navy destroyer from intruding into Russia’s territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. The Russian Defense Ministry has summoned US military attache in connection with the border incident.
17 Democratic and Republican US senators have called on the administration of President Joe Biden to consider expelling 300 Russian diplomats from the United States unless Moscow issues more diplomatic visas for the US embassy staff.
Russia’s top diplomat has criticized US idea of ‘democracy summit’ as another example of Cold War mentality. Sergei Lavrov says Washington is trying to split the International Community into those time blocs.
The adoption of new US sanctions against Russia would be the worst possible scenario for relations between the two countries and would wipe out "The Spirit of Geneva", Moscow warns.
A proposed amendment to the US defense budget is calling on the White House to sanction 35 Russian citizens for alleged human rights abuses, including the prime minister, mayor of Moscow and the Kremlin spokesman.
The United States has failed to discredit Russia's electoral system despite all the cyber-attacks and vote interference, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova says.