1/21/2019, 5:29 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Kremlin may retaliate against EU sanctions

The decision by the European Union's Council on Foreign Affairs was "unfriendly," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow said on Monday and stressed it deserves the right to retaliate. Russian and Syrian citizens are the first to feel the sanctions under the new framework even though both countries have destroyed disputed assets under the control of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, unlike the United States, for instance, the statement adds.

The bloc's arguments don't withstand scrutiny, Kremlin stressed and claimed the punitive measures were launched as part of the United Kingdom's campaign for domestic political goals amid a crisis in Brexit talks with the rest of the bloc. Sanctions are unilateral and show the EU's disrespect for the Chemical Weapons Convention, the ministry said and they are circumventing the United Nations Security Council.

The package against Russian nationals was introduced for the alleged possession, transport, and use of a toxic nerve agent to poison Russia's former intelligence officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

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