There has been a constant stream of official comments in Moscow since the US administration announced its economic and political sanctions against Russia. Despite the Kremlin’s patience, the various statements emerging from government organisations indicate that there are sufficient means, according to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, to respond to the sanctions, including economic and political measures as well as other courses of action.
Medvedev did not reveal the other means at the time, but on the same day as the Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, who is responsible for relations with the US, announced Washington’s intention to proceed with the first stage of sanctions on August 27th, Medvedev indicated it to be “military means”.
In his speech to Russia 1, Ryabkov said that “Russia works on preparing effective means of response to the new sanctions implemented on it by the US, pledging to continue protecting the interests and the security of the country through economic and military means.”
Ryabkov also claimed that “Russia will stand” in the face of all attempts to terrorise it despite the number of legal measures hurtling through the US congress that aim to humiliate and weaken the country.
In the first official comment from the Russian Foreign Ministry, spokeswoman Maria Zakhrova announced that these sanctions would increase the level of difficulty of the conversation between the two countries at various levels, including the dual and the multi-polar. She also demonstrated the hypocrisy of the US authorities, and she concluded her report by saying that “steps similar to these by Washington do not naturally contribute towards establishing a civilized discussion based on mutual respect and cooperation between the two countries.”
Zakhrova also described Washington’s evidence for Russian involvement in the poisoning of the former spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, as “delusional”, while she also pointed out that the latest list of sanctions was largely a repetition of what Washington had included on its previous lists.