‘Don’t Play With Fire,’ Russia Warns After U.S. Navalny Sanctions

Russia has warned the United States not to “play with fire” after it imposed sanctions Tuesday in response to the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The U.S. froze assets and criminalized transactions with seven senior Russian officials, including the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), and blacklisted 14 companies and entities for export controls.

An official on Tuesday said U.S. intelligence concluded with “high confidence” that FSB officers had poisoned Navalny with the nerve agent Novichok in August 2020. Russia, which imprisoned Navalny upon his January return from months of treatment in Germany, denies its role and casts doubt on whether the anti-Kremlin activist was poisoned.

“The U.S. administration has taken a hostile anti-Russian attack,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a late Tuesday statement. “We urge our colleagues not to play with fire.”

The ministry promised a “reciprocal but not necessarily symmetrical” response to President Joe Biden’s first major action against Russia, which was coordinated with the European Union. 

It accused the White House of “cultivating the image of an external enemy” and plunging U.S.-Russian ties “to the point of complete freezing.”

“Regardless of the American ‘passion for sanctions,’ we will continue to consistently and resolutely defend our national interests, resisting any aggression,” the ministry said. 

“Attempts to enforce sanctions or other pressure on Russia have failed in the past and they will fail now,” it added.

Biden’s administration has indicated that it is “not seeking to escalate, not seeking to reset” relations with Russia.

U.S. officials said they plan to roll out in the coming weeks intelligence assessments on Russia-related issues including a massive hack of government agencies and alleged bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

(c) The Moscow Times

5 comments

  • “Regardless of the American ‘passion for sanctions,’ we will continue to consistently and resolutely defend our national interests, resisting any aggression,” the ministry said.

    Since when is hacking the US, defending Russian national interests, or interferring in every election in the West? You are lucky that the West consists of the most useless leaders ever assembled. Had you tried these capers with real leaders like Reagan or Thatcher, your country would now be an even bigger shithole than it already is. We all know that Muscovy have to say something to look important, but in reality, you have nothing to hurt the US with.

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  • There are at least two things the stripper said that’s interesting. 1. She accusses US of being anti-Russian for sanctioning people woh were involved in an attempt to kill a Russian. 2. She hints that RU prepares an asymmetrical response to the sanctions. This means that either more Russians can expect to be poisoned or more Ukrainians to be bombarded.

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  • Didn’t know poisining and torturing the democratic opposition is a national interest.

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