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Russia's MFA:Moscow will not leave new EU sanctions unanswered

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Russia's MFA:Moscow will not leave new EU sanctions unanswered


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Moscow once again strongly advised the European Union to abandon its fruitless attempts to put pressure on Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that instead of this it is necessary to return to the norms of international law. It is also time to start developing rules for preventing conflicts in cyberspace.

This is how Russia commented on the introduction of unilateral sanctions against several Russian individuals and legal entities. They were accused of involvement in cyberattacks that allegedly happened two years ago. No evidence was presented.

The political motives for this decision are evident, the Russian Foreign Ministry noted. According to it, Brussels' actions are regrettable and extremely perplexing. Russia has more than once warned Europe that unilateral restrictions cannot lead to any positive result. And these sanctions are illegal from the point of view of international law. 

Nonetheless, European officials opted for sanctions, cynically calling these moves "promoting international security and stability in cyberspace." In addition, the EU accuses Russians of involvement in the cyber incident that occurred a year before the establishment of the mechanism of "cyber sanctions", that is, it is used "retroactively."

The unfriendly action of the EU will not be left unanswered, the Russian Foreign Ministry warns. 

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