Chairman of the International Relations Committee of the Russian Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev confirmed that Moscow will respond to the European Union sanctions against it over the case of Russian opposition Alexei Navalny.
"The European Union’s decision to blacklist a number of high-ranking Russian officials after the ruling on Navalny is unacceptable and manipulative," Kosachev said, considering that inserting evidence in a case that has not been investigated to support a particular view is an unacceptable way. International Relations ”, stressing that Moscow would respond to that.
"If the European Union really cares to reveal the truth, and this is impossible without conducting a comprehensive investigation in Russia, it may make efforts not with regard to our country, but with regard to its members Germany, France and Sweden to oblige them to ensure the transparency of the evidence, and this matter has not happened," Kosachev added.
He pointed out that the European Union is interested in this position only as an excuse to discredit the Russian leadership, and the same can be said about the new US sanctions imposed on Russia that followed the European Union sanctions.
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov announced yesterday that Moscow will wait for the sanctions, and depending on their content and nature, it will respond, adding: We cannot measure the factors that will affect Washington’s mentality in this regard, what is the prevailing mood and the reasons for their decision-making. As for Russia’s policy, it is consistent, understandable and logical, and no one can. He blames us for responding.