Kremlin on new US sanctions: Russia to protect its interests

Kremlin on new US sanctions: Russia to protect its interests

Moscow will uphold and protect its interests, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. 

"This fact should not be questioned by anyone," TASS cited him as saying.

The Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on remarks by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who said that Washington had actually declared a trade war on Russia by tightening sanctions against it.

"I am not empowered to comment on statements made by the prime minister. I advise you to contact my counterpart (the prime-minister’s spokesperson) Natalya Timakova," Peskov said.

Commenting on the newly-signed law specifying tougher sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, Medvedev noted on his Facebook page that "a full-fledged trade war had been declared on Russia." He added that these measures would be pointless and that Russia would continue to develop in spite of them.

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