Moscow: The Russian Foreign Ministry urged the US administration ‘not to play with fire’ after Washington announced sanctions against Russian individuals and entities over the alleged poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
In an online statement, the foreign ministry called the US sanctions “a hostile anti-Russian attack” under an absurd pretext, Xinhua news agency reported.
“Entangled in its own internal problems, the White House is again trying to cultivate the image of an external enemy. We have repeatedly commented on this American policy, which is devoid of logic and meaning and only more and more worsens bilateral relations,” it read.
The ministry said Russia will retaliate based on the principle of reciprocity and continue to resolutely defend its national interests.