Russia threatens to retaliate over EU sanctions

Moscow, Jan 22 (AFP) | Publish Date: 1/22/2019 11:49:37 AM IST

Russia has threatened retaliation after the European Union slapped sanctions on Russian military intelligence chiefs over the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain. "We reserve the right to take retaliatory measures over this unfriendly step," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The European Union introduced sanctions against Igor Kostyukov, the new chief of Russia's GRU military intelligence, and his first deputy Vladimir Alexseyev.

Moscow said the claims did not "stand up to criticism." "An information campaign unleashed by the British authorities over this case primarily has a domestic agenda," the Russian foreign ministry said.

Konstantin Kosachev, chair of the foreign affairs committee of the Russian upper house of parliament, for his part called the introduction of sanctions "an irresponsible decision".

"It is strange that this euro-solidarity is being shown towards the UK which is scandalously leaving the EU and which is leaving the EU with the Salisbury scandal one on one." 


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