New sanctions on Russia resemble an act of “economic war” and Moscow will respond, the country’s prime minister announced, as U.S. officials mull options to tighten pressure on the Kremlin in the fall.
The U.S. State Department announced earlier this week it will increase sanctions on Russia after concluding that Moscow was complicit in the near-deadly poisoning of ex-Soviet agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia near their home in the English town of Salisbury this spring—something the Kremlin denies doing. T
Asked about any official response from the Russian government, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev revealed few details, but issued a stiff warning: “I would not like to comment on conversations about future sanctions, but I can say one thing. If any type of ban on the activity of banks follows or of the use of any currency, then we can directly call this a declaration of economic war.”
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