Lavrov warns Russia will respond to any unfriendly US action

Nur-Sultan, Apr 8 (efe-epa).- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday warned that Moscow will respond to any unfriendly action by the United States.

Lavrov’s remarks follow press reports that Washington is considering expelling Russian diplomats and imposing new sanctions.

“We will respond to any unfriendly steps, it goes without saying,” Lavrov told a joint press conference with his Kazakh counterpart, Mukhtar Tleuberdi.

US President Joe Biden, soon after arriving at the White House, ordered an investigation into possible hostile Russian actions, including cyber-attacks, meddling in the US elections, the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the payment of bounties for the murder of US servicemen in Afghanistan.

According to a US media report, the investigation has been completed and the White House is now considering expelling Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions on senior Moscow officials.

“I’ve read reports that the (US) administration has completed its review of Russia’s hostile actions. They have done it very quickly, because they accuse us of such a number of sins and that cannot be done in a couple of weeks, not even in a couple of months,” Lavrov said.

The Russian minister said Washington’s policy towards Russia will lead nowhere and is unproductive in terms of the goals when the first sanctions were imposed.

“This situation has been repeated many times and these actions persuade us of only one thing, that we must rely on ourselves, because neither the United States nor its allies are reliable partners, and in key areas for the functioning of state we cannot depend on their moods or on which foot they get up in the morning,” he said. EFE-EPA


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